Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

Proposal in Chad would make gay sex a crime

The north African country of Chad is considering adopting a new penal code that would punish homosexual activity with up to 20 years in prison, Agence France-Presse reports. The proposed legislation was adopted by the country’s cabinet on Sept. 4, … Continue reading

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Court decision coming in suit vs. Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A Nigerian High Court judge is expected to rule Sept. 25 whether the country’s new anti-gay law is constitutional. Justice Abdul Kafarati is currently considering the lawsuit filed in March in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court by … Continue reading

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Goal: Boost safety, effectiveness of LGBTI rights defenders

The human rights group Justice and Peace Netherlands (Justitia et Pax) is offering a training program for human rights defenders who want to increase their effectiveness as activists and reduce the risks they run as they challenge the status quo. … Continue reading

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Rainbow Sudan seeks LGBTI rights in Sudan

The LGBTI community of Sudan rarely appears in the media, but Sharon Wagiella of SOGI News recently interviewed a leader of that community’s anti-AIDS, pro-human rights group Rainbow Sudan, which was founded on Feb. 5, 2012. These are excerpts from … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Forced to flee because of his sexual orientation

By Denis LeBlanc Edited and translated by Colin Stewart Death threats have forced a leader of the human rights group Affirmative Action in Cameroon to flee his home and seek refuge in a safe house. Desmond Sone Mbecho, who leads … Continue reading

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Forbidden love: Exploring true, complex lives of LGBTI Africans

By Mike Nicholson In recent years, news of homophobic laws in Africa has resonated across the Global North. While many individuals are at least superficially aware of the plight of LGBTI men and women in countries such as Uganda and … Continue reading

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Gambia plans life sentences for gay ‘repeat offenders’

The Associated Press reports: Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said [today, Sept. 8], potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay … Continue reading

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