Category: Commentary

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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Abused, outed, raped: Qtalk helps LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (2nd of a series)

Abused, outed, raped: Qtalk helps LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (2nd of a series)

Attacked, arrested, raped, outed -- LGBTIQ+ Nigerians turn to the Qtalk counseling app for help coping with the country’s homophobia. Read their stori [...]
7 lies gay people are told that should stop right now

7 lies gay people are told that should stop right now

Throughout history, gay people have been subjected to many forms of discrimination, based on homophobia that often is founded on myths, lies, and [...]
Nigeria: Gay man’s secret revealed

Nigeria: Gay man’s secret revealed

Married Nigerian gay man Lucius [name changed] is afraid for his family's future now that a neighborhood phone repairman has discovered his sexual ori [...]
Zambia: 15-year prison sentences ‘shocked the world’

Zambia: 15-year prison sentences ‘shocked the world’

The 15-year prison sentences imposed this week on a gay Zambian couple are a shocking miscarriage of justice, African gay-rights activists declare. Th [...]
Did Bisi Alimi really organize Nigeria’s ‘first-ever’ LGBT pride?

Did Bisi Alimi really organize Nigeria’s ‘first-ever’ LGBT pride?

Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi and his foundation celebrated the lives and talents of LGBTIQ+ Nigerians in a "Diversity Pride Night" in late October [...]
Zambia must shun the anti-gay politics of disgust

Zambia must shun the anti-gay politics of disgust

Zambia's president has made homosexuality a campaign issue to distract attention from the fact that his people are starving, millions are living in po [...]
Fear: If unchained, faith-based bias would crush LGBT medical care

Fear: If unchained, faith-based bias would crush LGBT medical care

Gay Africans barred from medical care. A rise in HIV infections in homophobic countries. Reduced access to health care for LGBTI people both in the Un [...]
Zambian hypocrisy: Fighting ‘gayism’; accepting rape and corruption

Zambian hypocrisy: Fighting ‘gayism’; accepting rape and corruption

Commentary by the Rev. Kapya Kaoma exposes the hypocrisy of Zambian politicians' anti-gay posturing: "It is time we accepted that politicians have use [...]
Defeat in Kenya didn’t reverse gay Africans’ gains

Defeat in Kenya didn’t reverse gay Africans’ gains

Two gay rights advocates see encouraging signs for LGBT+ Africans, even though Kenya's High Court refused to overturn that nation's anti-gay laws. [...]
Trump official’s push for gay rights focuses on Iran, not Africa

Trump official’s push for gay rights focuses on Iran, not Africa

The 33 African nations with anti-gay laws seem to be a side issue for U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell, who has announced a worldwide campaign against [...]
Horror for a young man under the shade of Tunisian palms

Horror for a young man under the shade of Tunisian palms

Pressure is building to release a young Tunisian man imprisoned for homosexuality. Here's how to join the campaign launched by Shams and All Out. [...]
Angola’s neighbors may copy its repeal of anti-gay law

Angola’s neighbors may copy its repeal of anti-gay law

Angola's repeal of its anti-gay law last month could lead to the repeal of all remaining anti-homosexuality laws in southern Africa, an international [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egypt thinks merely interviewing a gay man is a crime. From the African Human Rights Media Network COMMENTARY By Gerard Adams [...]
Cutting aid to Tanzania: It worked (somewhat)

Cutting aid to Tanzania: It worked (somewhat)

Cutting off foreign aid to homophobic countries can work, but only as a weapon that's used with discretion. That seems to be the moral of the story of [...]
Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

It's time to evaluate the successes and failures of LGBT rights strategies in Nigeria. From the African Human Rights Media Network By [...]
U.N. plan for gay refugees: same abuse, new location?

U.N. plan for gay refugees: same abuse, new location?

Will the U.N., Kenya, the U.S. and other Western countries stop mistreating and shunning LGBT+ refugees in Kenya now that the agency overseeing the Ka [...]
Here’s why Nigeria remains a hotbed of homophobia

Here’s why Nigeria remains a hotbed of homophobia

In Nigeria, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) persons continue to suffer persecution and extreme violence. The reason is the nati [...]
6 surprising facts about Nigeria’s anti-gay-marriage law

6 surprising facts about Nigeria’s anti-gay-marriage law

In Nigeria, LGBTQ+ persons still experience discrimination, violence and even death -- human rights abuses that are largely fueled by the harsh homo [...]
Welcome, Kevin Hart and other formerly anti-gay converts

Welcome, Kevin Hart and other formerly anti-gay converts

COMMENTARY: The Kevin Hart case shows the LGBTQ community how it SHOULD NOT respond to reformed homophobes, says Edwin Sesange, African gay rights act [...]
Commentary: Help LGBT Africans by cutting aid to anti-gay Tanzania

Commentary: Help LGBT Africans by cutting aid to anti-gay Tanzania

Many African LGBT activists urge Western donors not to cut off aid to Tanzania or other homophobic African nations, even when those countries launch a [...]
Commentary: Withholding aid to Tanzania is a bad idea

Commentary: Withholding aid to Tanzania is a bad idea

LGBT+ Tanzanians will lose out and become scapegoats if donors cut aid, says Anthony Oluoch, program manager for the LGBT+ rights organization Pan Afr [...]
Tanzania’s anti-gay purge vanished into thin air?

Tanzania’s anti-gay purge vanished into thin air?

Many signs suggested that this week's threatened roundup of gay Tanzanians was a nightmare that had vanished with the light of day. That might still t [...]
Kanye and Kim missed their chance to make a difference

Kanye and Kim missed their chance to make a difference

Outspoken rapper Kanye West once urged the hip-hop community to switch off its homophobia, but on Monday he missed the chance to do the same to Uganda [...]
Does Bisi Alimi care about gay Nigerians?

Does Bisi Alimi care about gay Nigerians?

By Mike Daemon Acclaimed Nigerian LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi has made an "unapologetic" declaration to members of the Nigerian LGBT community [...]
How can LGBTI activists avoid burnout and depression?

How can LGBTI activists avoid burnout and depression?

How can LGBTI activists working in a hostile environment such as Uganda combat the dangers of burnout and depression? To answer that question, Kikonyo [...]
LGBT dance artist steps forward in Botswana

LGBT dance artist steps forward in Botswana

In a groundbreaking solo show, Botswana-based dancer Lesh Maseng broke open the taboo on public representations of queer sexuality. He also brought a [...]
Nigerian presidential aspirant Donald Duke admits he’s homophobic

Nigerian presidential aspirant Donald Duke admits he’s homophobic

By Mike Daemon Presidential aspirant Donald Duke vows to continue the persecution of LGBTI Nigerians if elected president in 2019.   [...]
Why is Zambian couple in jail? Because of King Henry VIII

Why is Zambian couple in jail? Because of King Henry VIII

"Is it not time we accepted that some people are gay and that no law will stop them from falling in love with people of the same gender?" asks Zambian [...]
LGBTI activists at risk of burnout; what can we do?

LGBTI activists at risk of burnout; what can we do?

Last month's rejection of the LGBTI community by former LGBTI activist Val Kalende has shined a spotlight on disturbing flaws in how activists are tre [...]
Popular Ugandan LGBT activist says she’s no longer a lesbian

Popular Ugandan LGBT activist says she’s no longer a lesbian

Val Kalende, a popular Ugandan LGBT activist, has declared on national TV that she is no longer a lesbian and is withdrawing from further involvement [...]
‘Make Nigeria Gay Again’ animated video explains Nigeria’s anti-gay law

‘Make Nigeria Gay Again’ animated video explains Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A digital media group in Nigeria has released an animated video that explains the country's Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law and the damage it does. [...]
Now more than ever: We need LGBTQI allies to ‘come out’

Now more than ever: We need LGBTQI allies to ‘come out’

Kenyan activist Denis Nzioka celebrates the courage of LGBTQI allies in the struggle for LGBTQI rights -- and asks that their voices be more widely he [...]
Homophobes of the Week: Cameroon’s baton-swinging police

Homophobes of the Week: Cameroon’s baton-swinging police

Gendarmes in Cameroon won the dishonor of being selected as Homophobes of the Week by launching a gay-hunting expedition that raided a bar and a movie [...]
Homophobe of the Week: whipping advocate Irwandi Yusuf

Homophobe of the Week: whipping advocate Irwandi Yusuf

Indonesian politician Irwandi Yusuf is the recipient of the Homophobe of the Week Award for deciding to continue whippings as a punishment for gay sex [...]
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