Category: People

Uganda: Pop star Akon misses ‘200% opportunity’ to boost gay rights

Uganda: Pop star Akon misses ‘200% opportunity’ to boost gay rights

Prominent Senegalese-American pop star Akon missed an opportunity to raise the issue of persecution and discrimination against LGBT people in Africa w [...]
New Tanzania president begins positive policy shifts

New Tanzania president begins positive policy shifts

In a positive sign of policy shifts, Tanzania's new president, Samia Hassan Suluhu has lifted a ban on media houses closed by her homophobic predecess [...]
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- [...]
In documentary, Ugandan religious leaders preach love for LGBTQI people

In documentary, Ugandan religious leaders preach love for LGBTQI people

The activist Ugandans at East Africa Visual Artists (EAVA Artists) have unveiled a video documentary featuring clerics from different faith traditions [...]
Church of Uganda Bishop Senyonjo reflects on 20 years of LGBT rights advocacy

Church of Uganda Bishop Senyonjo reflects on 20 years of LGBT rights advocacy

In 2000, Church of Uganda Bishop Christopher Senyonjo took in two LGBT youths who had been rejected by their own families, schools and communities bec [...]
Break-in at offices of Ugandan LGBT ally lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

Break-in at offices of Ugandan LGBT ally lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

Unknown people on Thursday, March 18, broke into the offices of Chapter Four Uganda and prominent gay rights ally Nicholas Opiyo, who leads that human [...]
Kenya: Victims of Kakuma arson attack airlifted to Nairobi hospital

Kenya: Victims of Kakuma arson attack airlifted to Nairobi hospital

In a rare change of heart, the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has airlifted the victims of a March 15 homophobic fire attac [...]
Uganda: Electoral defeat for 2 notoriously anti-gay officials

Uganda: Electoral defeat for 2 notoriously anti-gay officials

In the Jan. 14 election, Ugandan voters rejected two politicians who are notorious for homophobic attacks against the LGBT community. Get a f [...]
Uganda loses liberal judge who asked ‘What’s wrong with lesbian sex?’

Uganda loses liberal judge who asked ‘What’s wrong with lesbian sex?’

A Ugandan high court judge who questioned hate and bigotry has passed on. Subscribe for free. See more from the African Human Rights Media [...]
10 years on: Celebrating David Kato, other LGBT Ugandans we’ve lost

10 years on: Celebrating David Kato, other LGBT Ugandans we’ve lost

Gay rights activists and human rights defenders in Uganda today marked the 10th Annual Kuchu Remembrance Day in memory of David Kato Kisule (RIP) and [...]
LGBT Ugandans: Our health depends on trans nominee in U.S.

LGBT Ugandans: Our health depends on trans nominee in U.S.

Gay rights activists in Uganda have welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden's nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine for the position of assistant secretary of hea [...]
Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Activists fighting against AIDS and for human rights in Uganda are pushing to reverse the decision to move next year's African AIDS conference out of [...]
Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Arrest warrants have been issued against two Ugandan officials who repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court to answer charges of torturing LGBT yo [...]
Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

It's time for Africans to shake off the lessons of colonialism and revive  African ideals of social justice, Ugandan scholar and LGBTQI+ ally Dr. Sylv [...]
‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

David Bahati, the homophobic Ugandan member of parliament best known as the author of the 2014 bill that originally called for the death penalty for h [...]
Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Over 86 LGBTI and mainstream human rights organisations in Uganda have received supplies of Personal Protective Equipment from the human rights organi [...]
Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Twenty LGBT Ugandans who spent 50 days on remand in a Ugandan prison on Covid-19-related charges have filled a complaint seeking an investigation of t [...]
Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sara Hegazy dies by suicide

Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sara Hegazy dies by suicide

Sara Hegazy, 30, committed suicide on Sunday, June 14, more than two years after she was arrested for raising the rainbow LGBTQ+ pride flag in Cairo. [...]
Cameroon: Death of LGBTI activist Lambert Lamba

Cameroon: Death of LGBTI activist Lambert Lamba

With the death of activist Marc Lambert Lamba, Cameroon lost a pioneer in the fight against anti-LGBTI violence. From the African Human Right [...]
Ugandan activists welcome new UNAIDS leader, Ugandan Winnie Byanyima

Ugandan activists welcome new UNAIDS leader, Ugandan Winnie Byanyima

Gay rights activists in Uganda have welcomed the appointment of Ms Winifred ‘Winnie’ Karagwa Byanyima, a Ugandan national, as the new executive direct [...]
Cameroon university blocks career of LGBTI activist

Cameroon university blocks career of LGBTI activist

Officials at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon have blocked the academic career of a mature student known as Kundy (a pseudonym) because of his [...]
Cameroon death threats: 2 gay lovers outed by each other

Cameroon death threats: 2 gay lovers outed by each other

A lovers' quarrel last month led to death threats, a knife attack, a closeted pastor losing his job, and his lover fleeing for his life. Fr [...]
Cameroon: Lesbian athlete ousted, living in fear

Cameroon: Lesbian athlete ousted, living in fear

Barred from playing pro football (soccer) in Cameroon because she is a lesbian, Stenie is worried about her safety as she considers making a formal co [...]
[Video] Gay Nigerian reveals why he came out to his family on WhatsApp

[Video] Gay Nigerian reveals why he came out to his family on WhatsApp

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Dan Yomi has released the first part of his anticipated video series about how he came out to his family on WhatsApp an [...]
8 shocking human rights violations suffered by gay Nigerians

8 shocking human rights violations suffered by gay Nigerians

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), through its "Human, Not Number" advocacy project, has highlighted eight shocking cases of human rights violat [...]
Out gay Nigerian prepares online help for others

Out gay Nigerian prepares online help for others

Nigerian gay man Dan Yomi is gearing up to launch an online project that he hopes will help other gay people deal with issues relating to their sexual [...]
Cameroon: Homophobia derails a pro sports career

Cameroon: Homophobia derails a pro sports career

Because of public pressure and fear of lesbians, a star athlete is barred from every football (soccer) club in Cameroon. Now she's trying to get back [...]
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 [...]
Stella Nyanzi: A mom / activist’s writings from prison

Stella Nyanzi: A mom / activist’s writings from prison

In her writings from prison, longtime gay activist Stella Nyanzi proves herself to be a devoted mother as well as a fierce opponent of Ugandan Preside [...]
Uganda: Mom, activist, gay ally Stella Nyanzi imprisoned again

Uganda: Mom, activist, gay ally Stella Nyanzi imprisoned again

Political activist and devoted mother Stella Nyanzi, a strong gay ally, has been imprisoned again, this time for new online insults directed at Uganda [...]
Being intersex is normal, says Zimbabwean activist

Being intersex is normal, says Zimbabwean activist

Society needs to shed its ignorance of intersex people, says Tatenda Ngwaru, a Zimbabwean intersex and trans activist currently working in the United [...]
Murder strikes gay Cameroon teen who sought safety in city

Murder strikes gay Cameroon teen who sought safety in city

By Mike Daemon A gay teenager escaped from the dangers of war-torn northwestern Cameroon by moving to the capital to continue his education. But he [...]
Shock for Nigerian family of student in UK: He’s gay

Shock for Nigerian family of student in UK: He’s gay

Two Nigerian parents are in shock after their son told them in a WhatsApp conversation that he is gay. The young man, Dan Yomi, is currently a student [...]
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 [...]
Uganda honors the work of health-rights activist journalist

Uganda honors the work of health-rights activist journalist

The Ugandan government has honored LGBTI right-to-health activist / human rights defender / journalist Kikonyogo Kivumbi “in recognition of his valuab [...]
Egyptian actor pushes for LGBT rights

Egyptian actor pushes for LGBT rights

Amid Egypt's continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT [...]
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 [...]
Uganda: Why Val Kalende ‘renounced lesbianism’

Uganda: Why Val Kalende ‘renounced lesbianism’

Longtime Ugandan activist Kikonyogo Kivumbi explores the background of former activist Val Kalende's decision to turn away from the LGBTI community. [...]
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 [...]
In Cameroon, life is hell because I support my gay brother

In Cameroon, life is hell because I support my gay brother

In Cameroon, if you are a loving, supportive member of a gay man's family, you can become a target for violently anti-gay attackers. Cameroonia [...]
Dear Ellen and Portia: Avoid East Africa’s anti-gay police

Dear Ellen and Portia: Avoid East Africa’s anti-gay police

Good luck to TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi as they vacation in Kenya and Tanzania, which both have laws against same-sex [...]
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