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Charged with torture, anti-gay Ugandan officials begin their defense

Charged with torture, anti-gay Ugandan officials begin their defense

Attorneys for homophobic Ugandan officials facing criminal charges of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment began revealing their defense strat [...]
Senegal: Activists seek funds to rescue 10 men arrested by religious police

Senegal: Activists seek funds to rescue 10 men arrested by religious police

Religious police on Sunday night arrested 10 young gay men in the holy city of Touba, Senegal, and threatened them with homosexuality charges. LGBT ri [...]
Tunisian activists to Instagram: Stifle homophobic Lady Samara

Tunisian activists to Instagram: Stifle homophobic Lady Samara

Tunisian activists this week joined forces to seek the removal of homophobic social media influencer Lady Samara from Instagram, where she has about h [...]
Gay Nigerian forced to sign affidavit renouncing homosexuality

Gay Nigerian forced to sign affidavit renouncing homosexuality

To avoid homosexuality charges, a young Nigerian man was hauled before a Nigerian court last month and forced to sign an affidavit renouncing homosexu [...]
Nigerian activist: It’s time to march against anti-LGBT bias

Nigerian activist: It’s time to march against anti-LGBT bias

Nigerian human rights activist Samuel Uchenna has suggested that it's time for public demonstrations by LGBTIQ+ Nigerians pushing back against the cou [...]
220 LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get help surviving the pandemic

220 LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get help surviving the pandemic

Hundreds of LGBTIQ+ Nigerians got a helping hand from the Covid-19 Relief Support Fund that was launched in early July. From the African Huma [...]
LGBTI advocates create a security plan in Cameroon

LGBTI advocates create a security plan in Cameroon

Cameroon's human rights watchdog group is pushing to improve the security of the nation's LGBTI people and their advocates, who last year were the vic [...]
Lesbian life in Cameroon: Her dream is to escape

Lesbian life in Cameroon: Her dream is to escape

Like many citizens of Cameroon, Elsy has a dream. She dreams of leaving  her native country and moving to Europe or the United States where she could [...]
Human rights in Cameroon: A new wind is blowing

Human rights in Cameroon: A new wind is blowing

In Cameroon, a country that has long reeked of repression, a new wind is blowing. It's coming from a new human rights support network that includes le [...]
LGBTI in Uganda: How to survive a pandemic

LGBTI in Uganda: How to survive a pandemic

Get ready for "In the Eyes of a Pandemic", a documentary about how the Ugandan LGBTI and sex workers communities are coping with Covid-19. See the tra [...]
Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer each ignored the summons requiring him to show up in court yesterday to face criminal charges [...]
Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

A new organization is promoting LGBTQI rights in West Africa by financing initiatives run by the region's LGBTQI communities. From the Africa [...]
Covid-19 forces delay of Tunisian queer film festival

Covid-19 forces delay of Tunisian queer film festival

The new coronavirus has accomplished what conservative Muslims could not -- delay this year's Queer Film Festival in Tunisia. From the Africa [...]
Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer have been summoned to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment con [...]
Homosexuality in Cameroon: 4 plead guilty and are set free

Homosexuality in Cameroon: 4 plead guilty and are set free

Four Cameroonian men arrested in June on homosexuality charges pleaded guilty last month, setting the stage for lenient sentences and their quick rele [...]
Cameroon activists say their goodbyes to Yves Yomb

Cameroon activists say their goodbyes to Yves Yomb

Human rights activists and other members of Cameroonian civil society gathered last week to pay tribute to LGBTI activist Yves Yomb, who died  in June [...]
Nigerian youth wins LGBTIQ+ writing contest

Nigerian youth wins LGBTIQ+ writing contest

A Nigerian youth has been declared the winner of the Nigerian LGBTIQ+ writing contest launched by NoStringsNG. From the African Human Rights Medi [...]
Nigerian singer Fireboy is dismantling gender norms

Nigerian singer Fireboy is dismantling gender norms

Popular Nigerian singer Adedamola Adefolahan, professionally known as Fireboy, has no regard for gender norms. From the African Human Rights Medi [...]
Somaliland: ‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

Somaliland: ‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

For 20-year-old Mohamed, a visit to his boyfriend was a dangerous act that risked landing them both in prison and might get them killed. That's gay li [...]
Hate speech on Facebook: Some progress, much remains to be done

Hate speech on Facebook: Some progress, much remains to be done

Facebook has taken action to slow the spread of hate speech in response to protests by LGBTIQ+ activists in the Middle East and North Africa. But more [...]
Porn, bullying, HIV – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

Porn, bullying, HIV – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app. (Fourth in a series) From the African Human Rights [...]
On appeal, Tunisian court imposes 1-year prison term for gay sex

On appeal, Tunisian court imposes 1-year prison term for gay sex

A Tunisian appeals court let stand the sodomy conviction of two men who ended up in police custody in June when they had a falling out over a loan. Ac [...]
The ordeal of an intersex woman in Cameroon

The ordeal of an intersex woman in Cameroon

An intersex person's life is difficult in Cameroon. Like other LGBTI people,  she is rejected by society but, unlike other LGBTI people, there's no or [...]
Nigerian singer Simi apologizes for anti-LGBT comments; all is not forgiven

Nigerian singer Simi apologizes for anti-LGBT comments; all is not forgiven

Nigerian singer Simisola Kosoko, popularly known as Simi, has apologized to the Nigerian LGBTQ+ community for her previous homophobic comments. By [...]
Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

Cameroon: Lesbian love affair ends in death, but who was the killer?

After a lesbian love affair in Cameroon turned fatal, police are investigating whether the killer was the dead woman's lover or an angry brother. [...]
Call for applications: LGBTIQ+ community support fund

Call for applications: LGBTIQ+ community support fund

The Nigerian LGBTIQ+ website NoStringsNG.com is offering emergency help with food purchases for LGBTIQ+ Nigerians living in Nigeria. From t [...]
Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Uganda was in the limelight at the just concluded virtual 2020 International AIDS Conference when Ugandan LGBT advocate Susan Atuhura won a prestigiou [...]
Ugandan queer ally Stella Nyanzi leaves academia to focus on politics

Ugandan queer ally Stella Nyanzi leaves academia to focus on politics

Ugandan queer scholar and LGBT ally Dr Stella Nyanzi has resigned from her academic research job at Makerere University in order to campaign for a sea [...]
Nigerian gay model seeks fan support for nude photo project

Nigerian gay model seeks fan support for nude photo project

Award-winning international gay model Alex Gede is seeking support from his fans to allow him to create more "artistic, classic, and erotic” photos by [...]
Nigerian ex-youth pastor shares throwback of struggles with being gay

Nigerian ex-youth pastor shares throwback of struggles with being gay

Dan Yomi, who served as a youth pastor while in Nigeria, has shared a glimpse of his past struggles with his sexuality. From the African Human Ri [...]
Cameroon activists seek a law to defend defenders of human rights

Cameroon activists seek a law to defend defenders of human rights

Cameroon needs a law to protect human rights defenders, activists declared at a press conference last week. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
Here’s how you can support the repeal of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Here’s how you can support the repeal of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Out gay Nigerian youth, Mathew Blaise has launched a campaign urging the Nigerian government to repeal the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). [...]
20 Ugandans sue, citing torture during arrests, in prison

20 Ugandans sue, citing torture during arrests, in prison

Twenty homeless Ugandan youths have sued a Kitalya Prison official and a Ugandan town council chairman who pushed for their arrest March 29 at an LGBT [...]
Cameroon human rights activists focus on Covid-19

Cameroon human rights activists focus on Covid-19

The challenges posed by Covid-19 were the focus of Cameroon's sixth annual Human Rights Defenders Day, held each year on July 15. From the [...]
‘People should expect greatness’ in film about Nigerian women in love

‘People should expect greatness’ in film about Nigerian women in love

In a NoStringsNG podcast interview, Nigerian actress Cindy Amadi defends "Ìfé", the new and trending Nollywood film about two women who fall in love w [...]
Sudan drops death penalty for homosexuality

Sudan drops death penalty for homosexuality

The East African nation of Sudan has removed the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality, leaving life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for [...]
Cameroon workshop provides new tools for human rights workers

Cameroon workshop provides new tools for human rights workers

In Cameroon, dozens of human rights observers gathered last month for training in human rights and in how to keep themselves and their data safe. [...]
Cameroon prepares for annual Human Rights Defender Day

Cameroon prepares for annual Human Rights Defender Day

Human rights activists in Cameroon set aside each July 15 as Human Rights Defender Day, a time to protest the violence and other violations they face [...]
Will Cameroon follow Gabon by repealing anti-gay law?

Will Cameroon follow Gabon by repealing anti-gay law?

The LGBT community in Cameroon cheered when the parliament in neighboring Gabon voted to repeal its anti-homosexuality law. But many sectors of Camero [...]
Tunisia: Squabble leads to two-year jail term for sodomy

Tunisia: Squabble leads to two-year jail term for sodomy

After two Tunisian men had a falling out over a loan, they were arrested by police, charged with sodomy, convicted, and sentenced to two years in pris [...]
Blackmail, abuse, homelessness – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

Blackmail, abuse, homelessness – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians continue to benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app. (Third in a series) From the Afric [...]
Nigeria: New diversity prize will boost young people’s work

Nigeria: New diversity prize will boost young people’s work

To celebrate and encourage tolerance and diversity in Nigeria, a forward-looking group of citizens has launched the Nigeria Prize for Difference and D [...]
Gabon is on the brink of repealing its anti-gay law

Gabon is on the brink of repealing its anti-gay law

The central African nation of Gabon is just one signature away from repealing the anti-homosexuality law that it enacted a year ago. From t [...]
Film Alert: Nigeria’s first lesbian-themed film coming your way

Film Alert: Nigeria’s first lesbian-themed film coming your way

The Nigerian LGBTIQ+ community is pumped up in expectation of an upcoming lesbian-themed film. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Here’s how LGBTIQ+ Africans can celebrate Pride this year while at home

Here’s how LGBTIQ+ Africans can celebrate Pride this year while at home

Even if they're home-bound because of Covid-19, all LGBTIQ+ communities in Africa will be able to celebrate Pride this year, thanks to a group that is [...]
Nigerian’s fund drive seeks help for LGBT asylum seekers in U.K.

Nigerian’s fund drive seeks help for LGBT asylum seekers in U.K.

A U.K-based gay Nigerian, Dan Yomi, has teamed up with U.K-based NGOs to launch a fundraiser aimed at benefiting LGBTQ+ Africans seeking asylum in the [...]
Gabon lawmakers seek to decriminalize homosexuality

Gabon lawmakers seek to decriminalize homosexuality

Legislators in Gabon took the first step yesterday toward repealing the central African nation's anti-gay law, which had been enacted just a year ago. [...]
Cameroon: For once, father defends his gay son

Cameroon: For once, father defends his gay son

Here's what often happens in Cameroon when a family learns their son is gay: They throw him out of the family home, cheered on by homophobic neighbors [...]
Nigerian musician tells why queer Nigerians can relate to him

Nigerian musician tells why queer Nigerians can relate to him

David Garland, a Nigerian musician, believes that his calls for personal authenticity, even if it breaks with social norms, should be appealing to que [...]
Homophobic Nigerian plans anti-gay, anti-lesbian protest in Akwa Ibom State

Homophobic Nigerian plans anti-gay, anti-lesbian protest in Akwa Ibom State

A Nigerian man in Akwa Ibom State is planning a protest against gays and lesbians next weekend. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
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