Tag: Positive steps

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Good news for LGBTQ prisoners: You did it! Project Not Alone hits goal in a week.

Good news for LGBTQ prisoners: You did it! Project Not Alone hits goal in a week.

Generous donors have contributed $9,447 in the seven days since Project Not Alone announced its 2024 fund drive on May 3. That surpassed the goal [...]
LGBTQ health and rights advocacy group expands in Cameroon

LGBTQ health and rights advocacy group expands in Cameroon

By Jean Jacques Dissoke The capital of Cameroon has gained a new health and human-rights center serving LGBTQ people and others most at-risk [...]
Uganda squirms as pressure mounts to repeal anti-gay law

Uganda squirms as pressure mounts to repeal anti-gay law

By Joto La Jiwe As human rights defenders inside and outside of Uganda await a Constitutional Court ruling on petitions challenging the Anti-Ho [...]
Cameroon: A merciful principal confronts two lesbian students

Cameroon: A merciful principal confronts two lesbian students

By Jean Jacques Dissoke Youth Day is a festival held on Feb. 11 each year in Cameroon to celebrate the potential of the nation's young citizens [...]
Secret LGBT-friendly church welcomes and protects Kenyan worshippers

Secret LGBT-friendly church welcomes and protects Kenyan worshippers

For the past ten years, a secret church in Kenya has been worshipping God, welcoming LGBT members and proclaiming the value of queer people's live [...]
Two Nigerian trans women find new hope after unjust prison sentences

Two Nigerian trans women find new hope after unjust prison sentences

In a remarkable turn of events, two Nigerian transgender women who endured a harrowing experience in Port Harcourt Prison after being accused of v [...]
Number of nations with laws against gay sex falls to 66

Number of nations with laws against gay sex falls to 66

The number of nations with laws against gay sex has fallen to 66, continuing the slow, decades-long progress toward recognition of the human right [...]
African island nation Mauritius overturns anti-sodomy law

African island nation Mauritius overturns anti-sodomy law

The Supreme Court of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius today overturned the Mauritian law against consensual sexual intercourse between [...]
Comment: Niger’s new leader might be better for gay rights, couldn’t be worse

Comment: Niger’s new leader might be better for gay rights, couldn’t be worse

In the wake of the July 26 coup that overthrew Niger's president, members of the nation's LGBTQ community see a possibility that the government's [...]
Generous readers help two trans Nigerians avoid 7 years in prison

Generous readers help two trans Nigerians avoid 7 years in prison

Two trans women will soon be freed from Port Harcourt Prison in Nigeria because of readers' generous donations to Project Not Alone. (See box f [...]
LGBTQ+ refugees in Africa celebrate Pride safely, joyously, nutritiously

LGBTQ+ refugees in Africa celebrate Pride safely, joyously, nutritiously

Refugees in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia celebrated Pride this month with nutritious, festive meals organized by the human rights advocates of the Afr [...]
Cameroon LGBTI advocates want funders to focus on decriminalization

Cameroon LGBTI advocates want funders to focus on decriminalization

To get email notices of new articles, subscribe for free in the box at right. By Steeves Winner On the occasion of the Internati [...]
Alternatives Cameroon trains LGBTI activists to access U.S. anti-AIDS funds

Alternatives Cameroon trains LGBTI activists to access U.S. anti-AIDS funds

CLICK to receive an email notice of each new Erasing 76 Crimes article By Steeves Winner LGBT advocacy organization Alternatives C [...]
Conference in Paris aims to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide

Conference in Paris aims to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide

France's new ambassador for LGBTI rights lends his support to African activists. To get email notices of new articles, subscribe for free i [...]
Imprisoned for being a lesbian, aided by donors, Octavia has been set free

Imprisoned for being a lesbian, aided by donors, Octavia has been set free

Arrested for sending text messages to her girlfriend, then sentenced to seven months in a Cameroonian prison for homosexuality, 28-year-old lesbian Oc [...]
Pope says homosexuality not a crime

Pope says homosexuality not a crime

Pope Francis this week called for the repeal of laws against homosexuality. To get email notices of new articles, subscribe for free in the b [...]
Court kills ‘rogue and vagabond’ laws targeting Ugandan sexual minorities   

Court kills ‘rogue and vagabond’ laws targeting Ugandan sexual minorities  

Human rights organisations in Uganda welcome a December 2022 Constitutional Court ruling that struck down two key provisions of the Penal Code that la [...]
LGBTI rights activists compete to sharpen skills in Cameroon

LGBTI rights activists compete to sharpen skills in Cameroon

Health Care Cameroon (HC²), an organization that serves men who have sex with men (MSM) in the city of Bafia, Cameroon, was crowned winner of the seco [...]
European Union prepares to assist LGBTI rights groups in Cameroon

European Union prepares to assist LGBTI rights groups in Cameroon

The coalition of Cameroon's 34 LGBTI rights organizations has signed a contract with the Delegation of the European Union in Cameroon to improve the g [...]
Activists launch website to document trans and intersex African history

Activists launch website to document trans and intersex African history

A group of activists has launched an initiative to document and preserve the history of trans and intersex Africans and their struggle for equal right [...]
Seychelles president welcomes LGBTI activists

Seychelles president welcomes LGBTI activists

The LGBTI community in the island nation of Seychelles has achieved a new level of social and political recognition. Evidence of that achievement came [...]
Cameroon lawyers plan free legal aid for LGBTQI and HIV+ clients

Cameroon lawyers plan free legal aid for LGBTQI and HIV+ clients

By Ghislain J. Nkontchou Eleven Cameroonian lawyers have formed a new organization, the Commission of Lawyers for the Assistance of Key and Vulnera [...]
Without disruption, Cameroon’s LGBTI coalition elects new leadership

Without disruption, Cameroon’s LGBTI coalition elects new leadership

The UNITY umbrella organization of Cameroon's varied LGBTI rights advocacy groups has elected a new board after a spirited campaign. "We all won," sai [...]
Grateful but wary: The story of a raped lesbian in Cameroon

Grateful but wary: The story of a raped lesbian in Cameroon

This story begins with a rape and ends with a crib. From the African Human Rights Media NetworkSubscribe for free in the box at right. [...]
This organization is helping LGBTI people imprisoned in Senegal

This organization is helping LGBTI people imprisoned in Senegal

The situation for LGBTI people in Senegal continues to deteriorate. Homophobic marches are organized and arrests are carried out against LGBTI people. [...]
African atheists want a role in tackling religious homophobia

African atheists want a role in tackling religious homophobia

African atheists and non-believers have a role to play in shaping society that is loving and inclusive to homosexuals, free from religious bigotry, pe [...]
Ugandan activists launch campaign against religion-fueled homophobia

Ugandan activists launch campaign against religion-fueled homophobia

Human rights activists in Uganda have launched a new campaign to end religious inspired homophobia, with a call to Abrahamic religions to embrace love [...]
New advocates work to supply what LGBTI Cameroonians lack

New advocates work to supply what LGBTI Cameroonians lack

A new advocacy group in Cameroon aims to help LGBTI organizations become more effective, while also intervening on behalf of LGBTI individuals struggl [...]
Botswana’s president meets LGBT activists, supports their work

Botswana’s president meets LGBT activists, supports their work

In a landmark meeting with representatives of the LGBT rights group LEGABIBO, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed to protect LGBT persons' huma [...]
Cameroon activists hone skills, build alliances via ‘Advocacy Competition’

Cameroon activists hone skills, build alliances via ‘Advocacy Competition’

Human rights activists in Cameroon have found a new way to improve their effectiveness and build alliances -- the "Advocacy Competition". From [...]
Senegal: Parliament rejects a bill to double prison sentences for homosexuals

Senegal: Parliament rejects a bill to double prison sentences for homosexuals

Senegal's parliament on Dec. 24 rejected a proposal filed Dec. 22 to toughen the nation's law against homosexual activity, proposing penalties of up t [...]
African rights commission hears appeal to halt repression of LGBTI Ugandans

African rights commission hears appeal to halt repression of LGBTI Ugandans

The government of Uganda has been urged to repeal provisions of the law criminalising consensual same-sex relations because they provide legal cover f [...]
Senegal imprisons 3 men for gay-bashing

Senegal imprisons 3 men for gay-bashing

Three young men who beat up suspected homosexuals on July 28 have been sentenced to prison in Senegal. The country's homophobes aren't happy about it. [...]
In first year, Free Senegal rescued dozens of victims of homophobia

In first year, Free Senegal rescued dozens of victims of homophobia

The Free Senegal collective (Collectif Free) has been fighting for the rights of the embattled LGBT community in Senegal for a little more than a year [...]
Anti-gay Zambians fear their new president will endorse gay rights

Anti-gay Zambians fear their new president will endorse gay rights

Homophobic Zambians fear that new President Hakainde Hichilema will establish gay rights in Zambia -- a fear that Hichilema has not encouraged. Last w [...]
Ghana court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

A court in Ghana dismissed the case against 21 LGBT+ activists, ruling there was not enough evidence to prove they had gathered unlawfully on May 20, [...]
Namibia justice minister announces plan to decriminalize gay sex this year

Namibia justice minister announces plan to decriminalize gay sex this year

Namibian Justice Minister Yvonne Dausab has announced that scrapping the criminal prohibition on same-sex intimacy is among 31 pieces of legislation d [...]
Nigerian gay porn actor surprised by parents’ reaction

Nigerian gay porn actor surprised by parents’ reaction

Ikechukwu, a Lagos-based Nigerian gay man, was overwhelmed by his parents' reaction after they stumbled onto his gay porn online. By Mike D [...]
UPDATE: Namibian government allows gay man’s infant daughters to come home

UPDATE: Namibian government allows gay man’s infant daughters to come home

UPDATE May 19, 2021: The Namibian government has issued travel documents to the twin infant daughters of a binational gay couple who were born in S [...]
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 [...]
Trans Ugandans react to new UNAIDS film about tolerance

Trans Ugandans react to new UNAIDS film about tolerance

A new short film released by UNAIDS to promote tolerance and acceptance of transgender identities is earning high praise from trans Ugandans. [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

African prisons often are hotbeds of homophobic violence, but that hasn't been the experience of seven Senegalese men convicted in November on homosex [...]
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. [...]
#EndSARS: LGBT Nigerians get extra help to cope with crisis

#EndSARS: LGBT Nigerians get extra help to cope with crisis

More than a dozen LGBT Nigerians suffering from violence stirred up by #EndSARS protests have benefited from an emergency community relief program run [...]
Nigeria gets its first LGBTQ online streaming platform

Nigeria gets its first LGBTQ online streaming platform

Equality Hub, a Nigerian non-profit working to advance the rights of sexual minority women, has just launched a new LGBTQ online streaming platform. [...]
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 [...]
Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

LGBT-rights and right-to-health advocates in Uganda have launched a coalition to focus specifically on access and availability of AIDS-fighting condom [...]
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