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Nigerian music group releases new pro-LGBT song

Nigerian music group releases new pro-LGBT song

The Christians On Diverse Energy (The CODE), a group of Nigerian LGBTIQ+ vocalists, has released a new song that advocates full recognition of LGBTIQ+ [...]
Because I’m trans, I live in the shadows in Cameroon

Because I’m trans, I live in the shadows in Cameroon

In Cameroon and many other African countries, transgender people encounter curiosity but also hostility when they appear in public. This is the story [...]
Alternatives-Cameroon expands to the nation’s capital

Alternatives-Cameroon expands to the nation’s capital

The highly regarded LGBTI advocacy group Alternatives-Cameroon has expanded its work into Yaoundé from its Douala base. From the African Hu [...]
Conservative Christians block LGBT+ meeting in Ghana

Conservative Christians block LGBT+ meeting in Ghana

Ghana has blocked a LGBT+ rights conference planned for July, bowing to complaints from conservative Christians. From the African Human Rig [...]
Activists fear for safety of 2 arrested Malawi dissidents

Activists fear for safety of 2 arrested Malawi dissidents

Human rights defenders fear for the safety of two prominent political dissidents and LGBTQ rights activists who were arrested March 8 for opposing Pre [...]
Ghana: God ‘made us a tad different but still in his image’ — with glitter

Ghana: God ‘made us a tad different but still in his image’ — with glitter

In the new video "Voices of the Rainbow," LGBTIQ+ Ghanaians describe myths and misconceptions about their community and tell how straight people can b [...]
Repression in Egypt: 92 LGBTIQ+ arrests last year

Repression in Egypt: 92 LGBTIQ+ arrests last year

Egyptian police continued to harass LGBTIQ+ people last year, entrapping some of them through dating apps and arresting dozens of others at random on [...]
New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

The new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has dropped the most homophobic rhetoric that used to flow from the archbishop's office. Still, he used his [...]
Nigeria: 57 arrests in anti-gay raid led to widespread suffering

Nigeria: 57 arrests in anti-gay raid led to widespread suffering

Undeserved suffering, shame, fear, anger, lost jobs, beatings and broken lives were the outcome of August 2018's anti-gay raid on a birthday party, as [...]
Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Organizations that assist LGBTQ refugees in Kenya are preparing to stop paying financial support for refugees in Kenyan cities, a decision that has th [...]
‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

The homophobic outgoing archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, used his final Sunday service to declare that Uganda will not be intimida [...]
Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

A magistrate in Uganda has released on bail the Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, who is accused of marrying a fellow man. From the Afri [...]
Cameroon family evicts trans daughter who loves men

Cameroon family evicts trans daughter who loves men

A young transgender activist in Cameroon has been evicted from her family home because of her gender identity. She is now homeless and needs help. [...]
Tunisia: Appeals court supports LGBT activist group Shams

Tunisia: Appeals court supports LGBT activist group Shams

A high appeals court in Tunisia has rejected a government attempt to shut down the LGBT rights group Shams for the Defense of the Rights of Homosexual [...]
Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

A gay man in Ivory Coast was beaten up by family members earlier this month after introducing his male lover to them. From the African Huma [...]
Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi was ordered freed today after she had served 15 months in prison for insulting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and [...]
Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania is ignoring effective anti-AIDS strategies and replacing them with a prejudiced anti-gay crackdown. That's the conclusion of a new report fro [...]
Mauritania: Prison for 8 men ‘imitating women’ at party

Mauritania: Prison for 8 men ‘imitating women’ at party

A Mauritanian court has sentenced eight men to prison for acting too feminine in a video from a birthday party. From the African Human Rights [...]
Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

A Ugandan Muslim cleric accused of marrying a fellow man -- “unknowingly,” he says -- has pleaded not guilty to charges of having carnal knowledge aga [...]
Nigeria trial starts for 47 men accused of same-sex affection

Nigeria trial starts for 47 men accused of same-sex affection

A trial is under way in Nigeria for 47 men accused of making a "public show of same-sex amorous relationships,” which is punishable by up to 10 years [...]
Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Stigma against HIV+ homosexuals and sex workers in Uganda is almost six times greater than stigma faced by HIV+ Ugandans in general, a new survey foun [...]
New shelter for victims of anti-gay violence and bias in Cameroon

New shelter for victims of anti-gay violence and bias in Cameroon

The LGBTI advocacy group Camfaids has secured funding and a site to reopen its shelter for victims of anti-LGBTI violence and discrimination. [...]
Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

The U.S. Department of State has barred a Tanzanian official who launched an anti-gay crackdown from visiting the United States. From the Afr [...]
‘I lost a promotion because of my sexuality’: Nigerian gay man shares

‘I lost a promotion because of my sexuality’: Nigerian gay man shares

In a sad, too-familiar tale, a Lagos-based Nigerian gay man in his mid-30s has been refused a promotion at work because of his perceived sexual orient [...]
LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get new chat and counseling mobile app

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get new chat and counseling mobile app

NoStrings Development Initiatives, Nigeria’s leading LGBTIQ+ media advocacy group, has launched a new social and counseling mobile app for the country [...]
Mauritania: Police arrest 10 after seeing video of ‘gay wedding’

Mauritania: Police arrest 10 after seeing video of ‘gay wedding’

Police in Muslim-majority Mauritania mistook a birthday party for a gay wedding, so they arrested 10 party-goers on homosexuality charges. Fr [...]
Appeal to Tunisia: End prosecution of LGBT activist who offended Muslims

Appeal to Tunisia: End prosecution of LGBT activist who offended Muslims

The human rights group Human Rights Watch is urging Tunisian authorities to drop their lawsuit against LGBT rights activist Mounir Baatour, who wrote [...]
Cameroon: Parents evict young lesbian, but she’s not alone

Cameroon: Parents evict young lesbian, but she’s not alone

So far, the new year has been a time of difficult revelations for Lina, a 20-year-old lesbian living with her family in Yaoundé, Cameroon. [...]
Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric Mohammed Mutumba was sent back to prison today because officials at a Ugandan court couldn't get their signals straight. He will have to [...]
Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Human rights defenders in Uganda have earmarked Jan. 26 as Kuchu Memorial Day to remember and celebrate the life of David Kato and other LGBT human ri [...]
Cameroon: Veteran gay-rights activist Desmond Sone dies of lung ailment

Cameroon: Veteran gay-rights activist Desmond Sone dies of lung ailment

Gay rights activists are mourning the death of Desmond Sone Mbecho, a veteran of the struggle for LGBT rights in Cameroon. From the African H [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

A Ugandan magistrate has sent a Muslim cleric back to prison to await trial on charges of homosexuality despite the imam's protestation that he marrie [...]
Zambian women march for LGBT rights as well as women’s rights

Zambian women march for LGBT rights as well as women’s rights

LGBT rights, women's rights and other progressive causes were the focus of last weekend's Women's March 2020 in the Zambian capital. From t [...]
U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

It's wait-and-see time for LGBTQ refugees who took refuge at the main gate of the huge Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. From the African Human [...]
Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

In a rare change of heart among Ugandan evangelical Christian leaders, prominent Pastor Michael Kyazze has publicly apologised to his fellow pastor, R [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

In a case likely to test the limits of tolerance of same-sex intimacy among Ugandan Muslims, an Islamic religious leader has been suspended from all h [...]
Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

The U.N. refugee agency remained frozen in denial of the dangers facing LGBTQ refugees even as anti-gay assailants launched an organized attack yester [...]
U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

The U.N. refugee agency is denying water to LGBTQ refugees so they will return to locations in the Kakuma Camp in Kenya where they have been repeatedl [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Mounir Baatour, the leader of the Tunisian gay rights group Shams, has fled to France for safety. Before his decision to flee, Baatour had been a cand [...]
Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Attacks on LGBTIQ refugees in Kenya continued as 2019 came to an end amid calls for an investigation into inaction or worse by the U.N. High Commissio [...]
Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Year in review: Despite signs of progress, 2019 remained a dangerous time for LGBTQ people in Africa and worldwide.   In the United S [...]
Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who [...]
Report: U.S. recalls envoy who opposed prison term for gay Zambians

Report: U.S. recalls envoy who opposed prison term for gay Zambians

The United States has quietly recalled its ambassador to Zambia after President Edgar Lungu loudly declared him unwelcome in Zambia for protesting the [...]
Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Imprisoned Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi remains in good spirits after spending a year behind bars for her rude opposition to Ugandan President Yow [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
Zambia demands removal of U.S. envoy for protesting anti-gay prison sentences

Zambia demands removal of U.S. envoy for protesting anti-gay prison sentences

The president of Zambia wants the U.S. to recall its Zambian ambassador because he supports the human rights of homosexuals. From the African [...]
Tally of nations where it’s a crime to be gay rises to 73

Tally of nations where it’s a crime to be gay rises to 73

The central African nation of Gabon has adopted a law against same-sex sexual relations, running counter to the general trend of countries overturning [...]
Is Zambia ready for a gay pride march?

Is Zambia ready for a gay pride march?

Behind Zambian politicians' loud public denunciations of homosexuality, the country is showing signs of tolerance of LGBT people. Some say it's even r [...]
Here’s an old short film with a Nigerian gay character worth seeing

Here’s an old short film with a Nigerian gay character worth seeing

An old short film with a gay character played by a Nigerian has a lesson for us all. It's a reminder of the importance of sometimes questioning our be [...]
Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

For the first time in the history of Nigeria, LGBTIQ+ human rights activists and organizations working for the advancement of LGBTIQ+ equality will be [...]
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