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Buoyed by Supreme Court, will U.S. church help LGBT Africans?

On the same day when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages, the progressive U.S.-based Episcopal Church is considering whether to extend its work for justice to LGBT people in Africa. The church’s General Convention, now under way in Salt Lake City, Utah, will decide whether to authorize not only … Continue reading

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Cameroon goal: Reopen vandalized LGBT rights office

A fund-raising appeal is under way to help an LGBT-friendly organization in Cameroon recover from an attack by anti-gay vandals who destroyed the group’s office in December. The organization is CAMEF (the Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs), which fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe in … Continue reading

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Bribed by dad, Cameroon police drop charges

Police in Limbe, Cameroon, have released a young LGBT person who was beaten and arrested Feb. 1 on homosexuality charges by a horny police officer who was shocked to discover that this intended sex partner was transgender instead of biologically female. The officer severely beat Nicholas, commonly known as Nicoline, before making the arrest, LGBT rights … Continue reading

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Cameroon: Christmas attack on LGBT rights/AIDS office

Under threat, landlord tells LGBT-friendly AIDS fighters to leave Three days before Christmas, anti-gay vandals destroyed the office of CAMEF, an organization that fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe in coastal Cameroon. Leaders of CAMEF (Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs) said they were “still in … Continue reading

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Cameroon tally of repression on Human Rights Day

Organizations fighting homophobia issued a grim tally of this year’s repression in Cameroon, even as the world marks International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10: 16 arrests on the basis of people’s sexual orientation/gender identity, including five young women and 11 young men. The arrests occurred throughout the country: in Douala (two women), Limbe (one … Continue reading