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‘Gay Hate Day’ fizzles in Cameroon and worldwide

RJC spokesman Sismondi Barlev Bidjocka
RJC spokesman Sismondi Barlev Bidjocka

Aug. 21 came and went without any sign of the large protests against homosexuality that were  announced in June and widely denounced since then.

That day was supposed to be “International Day Against Homosexuality,” nicknamed “Gay Hate Day” by its opponents.

The anti-homosexuality protest was proposed by the Movement of Young Cameroonians, or RJC, which announced its plans at a June 23 meeting in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé.  The RJC said it would be joined in its protest by anti-homosexuality partners in Uganda, Liberia, Tunisia and “other African nations.”

The pro-gay group All Out (allout.org) organized a petition opposing both the protest and ongoing human rights violations in Cameroon.

The RJC said it would lead a protest march and distribute 10,000 anti-gay leaflets.

So far, there’s no news that any such protests occurred.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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