1. Cheikh
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    The reason why I took the pledge is simple: the paradigm of our struggle as African lgbt activists needs to change. Giants before us took an approach to adapt a gay rights concept imported from elsewhere. The concept has grown, and in almost every African nation LGBT people recognize this concept. But at this time in our history we are a little stuck. We cannot fight single battles with single frameworks. Our lives and opportunities to thrive are threatened by so many other issues. Let us remember that the gay rights concept emerged in countries where struggles for economic justice and social protection were achieved. This is not the case in Africa yet. We need to couch our struggle in a holistic mold which encompasses more ideals and themes of social and economic justice and political liberation. When our supporters in the Western LGBT movement refuse to understand why discussions about post MDG 2015 are important, we should not give up. This pledge for me is also an opportunity to change the mindset of Western allies of the African LGBT movement.

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