Tag: homophobia

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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 [...]
Uganda: ‘LBQ Womxn’ need equal access to health

Uganda: ‘LBQ Womxn’ need equal access to health

Freedom and Roam Uganda, a lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) organisation, is about to publish a book urging Ugandan human rights and health-care righ [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hope for change in Tanzania after death of homophobic president

Hope for change in Tanzania after death of homophobic president

Human rights activists expressed hope for change in Tanzania now that former vice president Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the country's fir [...]
‘Kill the Gays’ Bill author running for Deputy Speaker of Ugandan parliament

‘Kill the Gays’ Bill author running for Deputy Speaker of Ugandan parliament

David Bahati, the homophobic Ugandan legislator, has declared his intention to contest the position of Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda when [...]
Gay couple breaks up, lesbians fight – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

Gay couple breaks up, lesbians fight – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app. (Ninth in a series) Get a free subscription: [...]
Ghana: LGBT+ safe house opens; anti-gay crusader in a rage

Ghana: LGBT+ safe house opens; anti-gay crusader in a rage

As the advocacy group LGBT+ Rights Ghana celebrates the opening of a new office and safe space for the nation's LGBTQ+ community, the organization has [...]
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 [...]
‘Proudly Gay’ – Popular Nollywood actor comes out as gay

‘Proudly Gay’ – Popular Nollywood actor comes out as gay

Uche Maduagwu, a Nollywood Nigerian actor, recently came out as gay -- to the surprise of many. Subscribe for free. See more from the African Hum [...]
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 [...]
Gay rights ally Stella Nyanzi concedes defeat in Uganda race

Gay rights ally Stella Nyanzi concedes defeat in Uganda race

Dr Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan gay ally and academic researcher who resigned her job at the country's top Makerere University to compete in the recently [...]
Homophobic Tanzanians hit with last-minute U.S. visa restrictions

Homophobic Tanzanians hit with last-minute U.S. visa restrictions

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used some of his last minutes in office to impose visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials "responsible f [...]
Nigerian gay-themed film will explore homophobia’s impact

Nigerian gay-themed film will explore homophobia’s impact

Gay Nigerians are excitedly anticipating the release of a new Nigerian gay-themed film that will explore the impact of homophobia and other issues tha [...]
Nigerian gay YouTuber shares his coming out experience

Nigerian gay YouTuber shares his coming out experience

YouTube celebrity and gay advocate Vicwonder got a boost from a GoFundMe funding campaign after coming out as gay to his Nigerian family. He shared hi [...]
Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

COMMENTARY. Prejudiced media reporting sets the stage for the ongoing problem of Ugandan transgender women being harassed and stigmatized. From [...]
37 arrests of allegedly LGBTQ Senegalese since September

37 arrests of allegedly LGBTQ Senegalese since September

The ongoing anti-LGBTQ crackdown in Senegal reached a new milestone yesterday with the arrest of the 37th person suspected of being part of a sexual m [...]
Meet the Nigerian blogger who amplifies queer visibility

Meet the Nigerian blogger who amplifies queer visibility

A Nigerian blogger popularly known as Evander Bright is leveraging social media to promote LGBTQ+ visibility and provide a safe space for members of t [...]
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 [...]
LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

Ugandan homosexuals, sex workers, drug users and other key populations at higher risk of contracting HIV are set to elect new representatives to the G [...]
Nigerian youth commits suicide after being blackmailed by homophobes

Nigerian youth commits suicide after being blackmailed by homophobes

A young man in Lagos, Nigeria, reportedly committed suicide last week after he was blackmailed by homophobes. From the African Human Rights M [...]
Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

A photograph of Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira kissing her female partner after their wedding was still trending online in Uganda a week after [...]
Senegal: Anti-gay zealots target 25 arrested men, 4 teenage girls

Senegal: Anti-gay zealots target 25 arrested men, 4 teenage girls

Senegal has intensified its repression of LGBTQ+ people amid escalating  anti-gay propaganda and political pressure from the strict Islamist organizat [...]
Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

The Ugandan government's response to Covid-19 has put the already vulnerable LGBTQI community at greater risk. A study proposes ways to reduce those r [...]
#EndSARS Crisis: Here’s how to support LGBTIQ+ Nigerians

#EndSARS Crisis: Here’s how to support LGBTIQ+ Nigerians

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are suffering from violence and economic hardships triggered by the #EndSARS protests that have spread across the country. You can h [...]
Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

LGBTQ rights activists have opened a total of five shelters to house homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
Good news from Senegal: 4 rescued men reach safety

Good news from Senegal: 4 rescued men reach safety

The last of 10 suspected homosexuals who were rounded up on Sept. 20 by the Safyatoul Haman religious militia in the holy city of Touba have been evac [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) has been lauded by LGBTQI+ rights advocates and allies in Uganda for acquiring a new and perman [...]
Bisi Alimi’s advice: Gay men have the right to show affection to any man

Bisi Alimi’s advice: Gay men have the right to show affection to any man

LGBTQ activist Bisi Alimi has advised gay men to express their feelings towards any man unless the man has told them he's straight. From th [...]
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 [...]
To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

Uganda government has finally allowed the importation and distribution of water-based sex lubricants, an AIDS-fighting device that officials had  shun [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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). [...]
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 [...]
Documentary reveals struggles of queer Nigerians abroad

Documentary reveals struggles of queer Nigerians abroad

An interesting new short documentary on YouTube highlights the struggles of queer Nigerian immigrants abroad. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
‘I thought dating a woman was a sin’ – Out Nigerian lesbian couple shares

‘I thought dating a woman was a sin’ – Out Nigerian lesbian couple shares

Out and proud Nigerian lesbian couple Amara and Olayinka have shared their coming out stories to inspire other LGBTQ+ Nigerians. From the African [...]
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 [...]
A successful LGBTQ+ event at a Nigerian restaurant

A successful LGBTQ+ event at a Nigerian restaurant

Homophobia indeed transcends borders, but the case was quite different for Dan Yomi, an out U.K.-based Nigerian gay man who recently hosted an LGBTQ+ [...]
‘It messed me up big time’: Nigerian youth shares homophobic experiences

‘It messed me up big time’: Nigerian youth shares homophobic experiences

Openly gay Nigerian student Matthew Blaise has shared some of the homophobic slurs and attacks he has experienced at school. From the African H [...]
‘It is scary’: Fashion writer Vincent Desmond on being queer, out and Nigerian

‘It is scary’: Fashion writer Vincent Desmond on being queer, out and Nigerian

Nigerian fashion writer and editor Vincent Desmond has shared his experience living as an openly queer person in Nigeria. By Mike Daemon Nig [...]
Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Homophobic Nigerian youths and officials protested this week to demand harsher laws and a crackdown on LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria. From the Africa [...]
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