Africa

Proved: Lesbians, gays, straights can be friends in Cameroon

A homophobic neighborhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon was the site of a shock action on Nov. 14 that demonstrated the resilience of the LGBTI community and the ease with which gay and straight Cameroonians can interact peacefully. The event, called “Homosexual Visibility in Homophobic Neighborhoods,” was organized by AVAF (the Association for the Promotion of Women) … Continue reading

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Cameroon appeal: Concrete steps to fight anti-gay violence

Cameroon should combat recent outbreaks of anti-gay violence, starting by taking a public stand on the issue during next month’s United Nations review of the country’s human rights record, according to 12 local and international human rights groups who made that request in an open letter to President Paul Biya on Sept. 11. “The Cameroonian … Continue reading

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Abandoned: Plans to keep AIDS fighters safe in Cameroon

Cameroon remains a dangerous place for LGBT activists, but plans for a coalition to improve the safety of Cameroonian AIDS fighters have fallen apart. After the murder of activist and journalist Eric Lembembe in July in Cameroon, organizations serving the LGBT community there announced the formation of the coalition as a defense against further attacks. … Continue reading

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How Cameroon locals, others paid for slain LGBT leader’s funeral

Donations from around the world Many people from Cameroon and at least seven other countries helped pay for the funeral of journalist and activist Eric Lembembe, who was murdered last month. The following summary of funds donated to and spent on the funeral of Aug. 2-3 was prepared by three Cameroonian organizations combating discrimination against … Continue reading