Category Archives: Commentary

Q. Why expose gay celebrities? A. Bravery … Really?

By Yaw Amanfoh What leads a person to ruin the lives of other people for nothing but a paycheck? This year, on Feb. 26, Ghana’s Flex Magazine published an article called “Exposing Gays and Lesbians in the Showbiz Industry.” Its … Continue reading

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Letter to Uganda police: Let’s chat about anti-gay brutality

If LGBT-friendly Ugandan scholar Sylvia Tamale has her way, the Ugandan district police commander in charge of an anti-LGBT raid on Aug. 4 will meet her over a cup of tea to discuss tolerance. That invitation was contained in an … Continue reading

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Caleb Orozco sets a valuable Caribbean precedent

Caleb Orozco struck me as nervous but determined when we first met in 2007.  We were among only a handful of Caribbean civil society delegates at an Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Panama.  In the very Latin … Continue reading

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Dad, Mom and their gay Jamaican activist son

The parents of Jamaican activist/attorney Maurice Tomlinson haven’t always known what to make of their gay son, but they have become some of his most important supporters. Road trip reasonings with Dad Yesterday my dad and I took another road … Continue reading

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Isn’t distributing expired HIV drugs a sin?

“Giving people expired anti-retroviral therapies (ARVs) is haram, forbidden, sin.” That’s what  Ugandan researcher/ activist Stella Nyanzi wrote on Facebook after she visited an HIV-positive friend. Use of expired medications is one of the many deficiencies of current efforts to … Continue reading

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Renewal of anti-gay law would move Cameroon backwards

Alternatives-Cameroon calls on President Paul Biya to block enactment of a revised Penal Code that reinforces the old Penal Code’s criminalization of homosexuality.  The Douala-based advocacy organization, which fights against Aids and for recognition of the human rights of LGBTI … Continue reading

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2 celebrities are redefining gender for Nigerians

When next you see a traditional image of what society has labeled a woman or a man, don’t jump to conclusions. There’s always more than what meets the eye. Consider, for example, two Nigerian celebrities who defy the gender binary … Continue reading

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