Tag Archives: South Africa

African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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March 7 protests to focus on Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Protests against Nigeria’s harsh new anti-gay law are planned for Friday, March 7, in at least 14 cities worldwide. The new law provides for prison sentences of 10 years for belonging to a gay organization, supporting same-sex marriages, and public … Continue reading

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Mandela’s courageous gay white ally

The story of a gay white ally of South Africa liberator Nelson Mandela, who was buried today, provides lessons for today’s struggle for LGBT rights, says the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle: [Mandela] had a special connection to the LGBT community … Continue reading

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What African LGBTs can learn from Tata Mandela

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Kapya Kaoma, formerly of Zambia and currently in the United States, describes here what the life of South Africa liberator Nelson Mandela means for LGBT people‘s ongoing struggle for equal human rights.  Mandela is known … Continue reading

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African LGBT activists praise, mourn Nelson Mandela

Memories, mourning and inspiration The death of South African liberator Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5  brought sadness and words of deep appreciation from African LGBT activists. “Nelson was a person who fought against discrimination in all its forms,” said Dominique … Continue reading

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Tino’s story: AIDS and the perils of a double life in Zimbabwe

From Zimbabwe, a special correspondent to the Erasing 76 Crimes blog contributes this story about Tino, a man who plans to get married to his fiance but also has sex with men. In one study of three southern African nations, … Continue reading

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Confronting a fearful future, some gay Zimbabweans flee

By the special correspondent of Erasing 76 Crimes in Zimbabwe Names have been altered to protect the identity of endangered individuals. His phone rings. Bright, a young gay man in Zimbabwe, answers it with a smile that is quickly wiped … Continue reading

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Mandela’s queer legacy: freedom, more struggles for LGBTs

This appreciation of South African liberator Nelson Mandela, with accompanying analysis of what his work means for LGBT Africans today, was written by Phumi Mtetwa, co-founder of South Africa’s National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE) and former executive director … Continue reading

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S. African gay couple’s plea: Put yourselves in our shoes

How happiness replaced violence and self-loathing South Africa still has problems with homophobia and anti-gay violence, despite the nation’s legal recognition of LGBT rights. But for many LGBT South Africans, life is good. In the following article, Michael Robin Wynne … Continue reading

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African activists watch for signs of support from Obama

News in brief: WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Barack Obama prepares for a trip to Africa starting June 26, LGBT activists in Africa are watching to see whether he will lend them any support. The Associated Press reported that “the … Continue reading

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