Africa

A busy month seeking LGBT rights in Cameroon

LGBT rights activists have worked hard this month seeking public recognition of the human rights of LGBT citizens of Cameroon. During the month, in programs organized by Camfaids (the Cameroonian Foundation for Aids), activists have been: Marching against violence A peaceful march on July 13 challenged and educated policymakers and society in general about the … Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Gone 3 years, not forgotten: Inspiring activist/journalist

Exactly three years have passed since the death of talented gay Cameroonian journalist/activist Stephane Tchakam. To mark the day, the Erasing 76 Crimes blog today reprints the commemorative article about Tchakam  written by another talented gay Cameroonian journalist/activist, Eric Lembembe, who was murdered less than a year after Tchakam’s death. Stephane Tchakam: Vibrant LGBT activist’s … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Honors for African LGBTI heroes at London Pride

Press release, modestly edited: London Pride 2015 The African LGBTI organisation Out and Proud Diamond Group celebrated African LGBTI Heroes during London Pride 2015. The group honored people who have stood up against anti-gay environments and regimes in Africa. Some of these heroes lost their lives during the struggle to liberate us and others against … Continue reading

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1000s who died in anti-gay, anti-trans attacks (update)

The pace of hate-crime murders and executions of LGBTI people is overwhelming. The numbers are so large that this blog’s list of reported homophobic hate-crime killings of LGBTI people could not be kept updated. The list started shortly after the murder of this blog’s journalist/activist Eric Lembembe of Cameroon, whose body was found July 15, … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

Cameroon: Portrait of the activist as a young man, and now

“I knew that I wasn’t insane or possessed, but my family didn’t understand,” says Dominique Menoga, describing the awkward day when he came out to his family. Menoga, the former president of the LGBTI rights and anti-AIDS activist group CAMFAIDS (the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS), recalls that the revelation made his family  tense and upset, … Continue reading

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’76 Crimes’ on radio: The latest battles for LGBTI justice

  The Erasing 76 Crimes blog and the anti-gay laws of 76-plus countries moved to center stage last weekend during a 15-minute interview of editor/publisher Colin Stewart on the radio show/podcast “State of Belief.” The show’s host, the Rev. Welton Gaddy, called the blog “an invaluable resource” and then asked about: Why LGBT rights were … Continue reading