Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

Nigeria: Why the West keeps its hands off

Why don’t Western countries use their economic clout to push Nigeria to repeal the harsh anti-gay law it enacted last year? That’s an issue addressed in the latest interview on the No Strings podcast, which provides a voice for the … Continue reading

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U.S.-based church votes to support LGBTI Africans

A progressive U.S.-based church has voted to promote fair treatment for LGBTI people in Africa, especially in countries with strong anti-gay Anglican churches such as Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. The LGBTI-friendly Episcopal Church, which approved same-sex wedding ceremonies earlier this … Continue reading

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Uganda helps minorities, except those most in need of help

A huge flaw prevents Uganda’s Equal Opportunities Commission from fulfilling its responsibility for protecting marginalized people from discrimination. By law, it is not authorized to act on behalf of the most marginalized Ugandans — those who behave in ways that … Continue reading

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Mozambique drops anti-gay law, as blog readers know

Hurray for Mozambique, where a new Penal Code took effect this week, eliminating a previous law against same-sex intimacy.  Many publications reported the change this week and last, which is appropriate. It’s big news, because so many other African nations … Continue reading

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Another attack on a Cameroon activist; a plea for help

Burglars ransacked the home of Cameroonian human rights defender Maximilienne Ngo Mbe on June 30, stealing documents and computers used in her work as executive director of REDHAC, the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa. The burglary was the … Continue reading

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Honors for African LGBTI heroes at London Pride

Press release, modestly edited: London Pride 2015 The African LGBTI organisation Out and Proud Diamond Group celebrated African LGBTI Heroes during London Pride 2015. The group honored people who have stood up against anti-gay environments and regimes in Africa. Some … Continue reading

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Church turmoil: U.S. supports, Nigeria hates same-sex vows

The anti-gay Church of Nigeria has distanced itself from a Nigerian archbishop because he opposes a Nigerian law that provides a 14-year prison sentence for anyone entering into a same-sex marriage. In response, Nigerian activist Davis Mac-Iyalla called on the … Continue reading

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