Tag Archives: Cameroon

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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Track star, ousted by team, now evicted by anti-gay family

By Erin Royal Brokovitch As if he were a character in a tragic soap opera, star athlete Thierry Essamba keeps suffering new varieties of homophobic abuse. After he was expelled from Cameroon’s national track team on suspicion of homosexuality, his … Continue reading

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Cameroon landlords evict 2 groups serving LGBTI

By Denis LeBlanc Two Cameroonian associations serving LGBTI people — Humanity First Cameroon and Colibri — have suddenly found themselves on the street, looking for new premises, victims of allegedly homophobic property owners. Colibri, based in Bafoussam Last week, the … Continue reading

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99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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’76 Crimes’ on radio: The latest battles for LGBTI justice

  The Erasing 76 Crimes blog and the anti-gay laws of 76-plus countries moved to center stage last weekend during a 15-minute interview of editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the radio show/podcast “State of Belief.” The show’s host, the Rev. Welton … Continue reading

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Lonely track star, victim of Cameroon’s homophobia

Thierry Essamba, an internationally competitive runner in the 110-meter hurdles, was suspended from the Cameroonian track squad on May 24 because of rumors about his alleged homosexuality. When the story of his punishment first appeared, LGBT activists abroad offered him … Continue reading

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32 anti-gay African leaders, 32 smiling Obama photos

The issue of African countries imprisoning LGBTI people for their sexual orientation wasn’t on the agenda at this week’s United States/Africa summit in Washington, D.C. Instead, President Obama spoke about security, trade and economic development. Then, on Aug. 5, he … Continue reading

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