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  1. Alan Weiner
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    So sorry to be reminded of these sick predjude

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  2. Carr
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    I appreciate your article and effort to inform people about LGBTQ situations in West Africa. A few comments however: 1) the article glosses over real differences between countries in WAfrica. The situation in Ivory Coast, Mali and Benin is far different from Nigeria and Ghana – yet the article focuses on laws more than a depiction of what is going on under the radar. In Mali, citing a case of 2 people having trouble is such a small base on which to leave the impression that Mali is like Liberia – which is far from the truth. In WA, there is a disconnect between the appearance of things (media, govt laws, outward expressions of homophobia), and the reality of what same-sex behaviors are going on, even in discrete public places. My God, there are open cruising areas in Dakar, “gay” bars i Abidjan, and an enormous amount of same-sex relations going on everywhere, especially among married men. Even in Nigeria, where I am writing from now, a lot is happening that you would only know about by being here – but not by reading the press or listening to the politicians. You can easily find the beautiful picture on the Internet of Nigeria’s most famous trans-gender person – who is known everywhere. I also would be very cautious to imply anything about religion when it has to do with homophobia. My experience (a U.S. citizen with 40+years in Africa) is that same-sex relations are far more widespread among Muslims than among Christians – and many books and anthropological research documents this. Outrageous homophobic hate-filled attacks emanate daily from the Christian churches in Ghana and Nigeria – and gay Nigerians know well that MSM prevails much more in the north than the South. I hope my comments are helpful – we have to keep beating down myths and stereotypes about Africa and homophobia and tolerance. The media can’t deal with the complexity of it all.

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