Gender nonconforming Nigerians balance identity and safety concerns
LAGOS — Facing human rights abuses, gender nonconforming Nigerians want the chance to live and express themselves safely.
South Africa bill could end religion-based discrimination for same-sex marriages
JOHANNESBURG — A proposed amendment to South Africa’s Civil Union Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2006, would prevent civil servants from refusing to marry same-sex couples on the basis of conscience, religion or belief.
LGBTQI+ Tanzanians seek safety and solidarity in the shadows
ZANZIBAR — As Tanzania’s government continues its LGBTQI+ crackdown campaign, sexual and gender minorities devise new survival strategies to avoid arrest and discrimination.
In Cameroon, LGBTQ people struggle to reconcile faith and sexuality
YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Human rights groups in the Central African country are working with religious leaders to discuss the consequences of homophobic attitudes and hate speech.
Au Cameroun, les personnes gays affirment qu’il est difficile de concilier leur foi et leur orientation sexuelle
YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Quant au discours religieux, les leaders de toutes les confessions religieuses présentes au Cameroun ont le même discours, celui de la condamnation de l’homosexualité.
In Zambia, transgender and intersex issues take center stage
LUSAKA, Zambia — The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia’s chairperson has welcomed the country’s intersex and transgender communities and said discriminating against them is a sin and insult to God.
Religious leaders encourage LGBT exclusion in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan — In socially conservative South Sudan, LGBT people face discrimination and abuse, their non-traditional sexualities and genders often considered taboo.
For male sex workers in Zimbabwe, discrimination and abuse are the norm
HARARE, Zimbabwe — “You have not graduated into sex work if you are not raped,” Munashe said of what he has come to consider a terrible inevitability for male sex workers who have sex with men in Zimbabwe.
As faiths mix, Madagascar’s LGBTQ community faces harassment and discrimination
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — For LGBTQ people in Madagascar, backlash is still more common than tolerance or respect.
For Togo’s LGBTQ community, justice remains just out of reach
LOME, Togo –LGBTQ people face numerous barriers to accessing justice in Togo, including the fear of being jailed if their sexual orientation or gender identity is made public.
In Sierra Leone, human rights defenders stay silent on LGBTQ discrimination
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (RNS) Human rights campaigners in the West African nation are cherry-picking which rights they defend on the basis of religion, culture, and tradition, leaving LGBTQ communities vulnerable.
LGBTQI+ South Africans struggle to fund higher education
CAPE TOWN — Amid social and religious discrimination, sexual and gender minorities are often shunned by traditional support networks and struggle to access higher education.