Category: Central Africa

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Introducing 7 African LGBTQ+ activists working for change

Introducing 7 African LGBTQ+ activists working for change

Vogue Magazine published an article last month profiling seven outstanding activists fighting to improve LGBTQ+ rights across Africa The articl [...]
Armed men threaten Cameroon activist at home. The result: He’s evicted

Armed men threaten Cameroon activist at home. The result: He’s evicted

On Tuesday, three homophobic knife-wielding men tried to force their way into the apartment of Gaspar, a Cameroonian advocate for LGBTI people. As a r [...]
Readers’ donations feed LGBT prisoners in Cameroon

Readers’ donations feed LGBT prisoners in Cameroon

Donations from generous readers have funded the first of several planned deliveries of food and hygiene items to LGBT prisoners in Yaoundé, Cameroon. [...]
Congo: Anti-LGBT violence drives out 6 activists

Congo: Anti-LGBT violence drives out 6 activists

Six LGBT activists were beaten up, threatened and driven out of town by homophobic residents of Kamituga near the eastern border of the Democratic Rep [...]
Vandalism of another LGBT center in Cameroon

Vandalism of another LGBT center in Cameroon

Vandals broke into the offices of Cameroonian advocates for LGBT women's rights earlier this month -- the latest in a series of apparently homophobic [...]
Cameroon: Court orders Shakiro and Patricia to be set free

Cameroon: Court orders Shakiro and Patricia to be set free

Internet trans celebrity Shakiro and her partner Patricia have been ordered freed from prison pending the outcome of an appeal of their conviction on [...]
Help us free 11 imprisoned LGBT victims of homophobia

Help us free 11 imprisoned LGBT victims of homophobia

Evan, Kane, Roro, Gold, Medgar, Dylan, Nick and Allen are locked up in Cameroon's Yaoundé Central Prison, serving sentences for whom and how they love [...]
Internet trans celebrity Shakiro sentenced to 5 years in prison

Internet trans celebrity Shakiro sentenced to 5 years in prison

Online celebrity Shakiro and her companion, Patricia, have been convicted on homosexuality charges and sentenced to five years in prison. Their attorn [...]
Raped lesbian prepares to give birth, but needs help

Raped lesbian prepares to give birth, but needs help

Pregnant because of a rape, a young Cameroon lesbian is seeking a helping hand as she prepares for the arrival of her baby. To help Abigail [...]
LGBTI advocates in Cameroon join forces to challenge violence

LGBTI advocates in Cameroon join forces to challenge violence

The number of recorded incidents of violence against LGBTI people has been growing in Cameroon, both because of ongoing homophobic attacks and also be [...]
Cameroon doctors, trans activists seek improved health care

Cameroon doctors, trans activists seek improved health care

Trans activists in Cameroon have begun working with doctors and other health professionals to overcome barriers confronting trans men and trans women [...]
Activists urge: Shut down TV station for attack on journalist accused of homosexuality

Activists urge: Shut down TV station for attack on journalist accused of homosexuality

Human rights advocates in Cameroon have urged the Ministry of Communication to intervene in the case of J. Rémy Ngono, a popular Cameroonian journalis [...]
A cry for help: Cameroon lesbian is raising the rapist father’s baby

A cry for help: Cameroon lesbian is raising the rapist father’s baby

Belle, a 20-year-old lesbian in Yaoundé, is a victim of sexual abuse and family rejection who is struggling to make ends meet for herself and her two- [...]
Cameroon: Professor’s homophobic remarks get him into trouble

Cameroon: Professor’s homophobic remarks get him into trouble

An international affairs professor in Cameroon has been disciplined for his homophobic comments about the country's leaders. By Courtney Stans [...]
Cameroon: LGBTI activists denounce sexual abuse of teenage boy

Cameroon: LGBTI activists denounce sexual abuse of teenage boy

LGBTI rights activists in Cameroon have denounced the sexual abuse of a teenage boy by a man he turned to for advice about art and music. [...]
Cameroon: Support grows for release of trans celebrity Shakiro

Cameroon: Support grows for release of trans celebrity Shakiro

Increasing numbers of human rights advocates are calling for the release of Shakiro, a Cameroonian trans woman and online celebrity who has been impri [...]
Arrest of 13 presumed homosexuals, anti-AIDS workers in Cameroon

Arrest of 13 presumed homosexuals, anti-AIDS workers in Cameroon

Police in western Cameroon arrested 13 people last week on homosexuality charges, including seven staff members of the anti-AIDS organization Colibri. [...]
Cameroon: 4 shelters welcome  LGBTQ+ victims of violence

Cameroon: 4 shelters welcome LGBTQ+ victims of violence

Four organizations in Cameroon have opened shelters where LGBTQ+ people can find refuge and recover from homophobic violence and family rejection. [...]
Cameroon: New leader for veteran HIV fighters at Affirmative Action

Cameroon: New leader for veteran HIV fighters at Affirmative Action

The new executive director of Affirmative Action is is looking forward to working with other organizations in their ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, es [...]
Cameroon: A flash of red thong leads to arrest

Cameroon: A flash of red thong leads to arrest

Police in southern Cameroon arrested a gay man shortly before Christmas after noticing that he was wearing a red thong, which was briefly visible as h [...]
Cameroon: With Israeli aid, drop-in center can now fight AIDS better

Cameroon: With Israeli aid, drop-in center can now fight AIDS better

The Israeli embassy in Cameroon is working with the Camfaids drop-in center to improve diagnosis and treatment of HIV / AIDS in Yaoundé, Cameroon. [...]
Cameroon: 500 learn modern tactics for fighting AIDS and gender violence

Cameroon: 500 learn modern tactics for fighting AIDS and gender violence

Hundreds of people learned about modern methods for combating  HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and ignorance about sexuality during a three-day event [...]
Cameroon: Bad and good news in latest human rights report

Cameroon: Bad and good news in latest human rights report

In a report on human rights violations last year in Cameroon, LGBT rights activists reported a decline in arbitrary arrests, but an overall increase i [...]
Cameroon: Homophobia as a political ploy

Cameroon: Homophobia as a political ploy

Cameroon provides the latest example of a despicable tradition in homophobic nations -- hurling accusations of homosexuality as a political ploy. [...]
Victimized gay couple flees Cameroon, hopes to reach Europe

Victimized gay couple flees Cameroon, hopes to reach Europe

Juk and Mike are two young gay men who decided that exile was preferable to continuing to endure anti-gay violence, hostility and discrimination in Ca [...]
Cameroon: For gay students, new school year brings worries

Cameroon: For gay students, new school year brings worries

For LGBTI students, returning to school in September means returning to a hotbed of stigmatization and discrimination. LGBTI advocacy groups help them [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: Four gay men arrested, beaten in Kekem

Cameroon: Four gay men arrested, beaten in Kekem

Police in the western region of Cameroon arrested four men on Tuesday who were beaten until they acknowledged that they were gay. From the [...]
Prominent citizens unite to combat abuse of LGBTI Cameroonians

Prominent citizens unite to combat abuse of LGBTI Cameroonians

Two of Cameroon's most prominent LGBTI advocacy groups have merged two projects that help victims of homophobia through the influence of prominent cit [...]
Cameroon: Charges dropped against 53 arrested in Bafoussam

Cameroon: Charges dropped against 53 arrested in Bafoussam

Charges have been dropped against 53 members of the LGBTI community in western Cameroon who were arrested last month for violating Covid-19 regulation [...]
Covid-19 in Cameroon: Human rights defenders adopt new strategies

Covid-19 in Cameroon: Human rights defenders adopt new strategies

During the Covid-19 health crisis, human rights defenders need to adjust their strategies for preventing and responding to homophobic and transphobic [...]
Cameroon: Rising tide of anti-LGBTI violence

Cameroon: Rising tide of anti-LGBTI violence

The latest report on homophobic and transphobic violence in Cameroon paints a grim picture of a rising tide of violence against LGBTI Cameroonians, bu [...]
LGBTI in Cameroon: 50 arrested on Covid-19 charges

LGBTI in Cameroon: 50 arrested on Covid-19 charges

Police arrested 50 LGBTI people who gathered on May 17 in Bafoussam, western Cameroon, to learn about Covid-19 and to celebrate progress in internatio [...]
IDAHOBIT in Cameroon: Amid Covid-19 crisis, activists demand LGBTI rights

IDAHOBIT in Cameroon: Amid Covid-19 crisis, activists demand LGBTI rights

Despite the global health crisis, LGBTI activists in Cameroon figured out how to celebrate IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia [...]
After Cameroon murder: ‘We condemn the prejudiced reporting on homosexuality’

After Cameroon murder: ‘We condemn the prejudiced reporting on homosexuality’

Human rights organizations in Cameroon are protesting a news video that tied a Douala man's murder to his reported homosexuality. From the [...]
Cameroon: Local chief expels four anti-AIDS activists

Cameroon: Local chief expels four anti-AIDS activists

Four young adults in eastern Cameroon were thrown out of their homes after their work at an anti-AIDS training session came to light. From [...]
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 [...]
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