homophobia

Being Black and Gay

"It's 2015 and we live in a world that tolerates us but is a long way from accepting us. I came out at 19 and I presumed that I had won the battle. I'm a young black male so (and this shouldn't roll so easily off my tongue, but it does) I'm used to being labelled, and having to prove that I'm more than just the tone of my skin or the hoodie I may choose to wear. However, nothing prepared me for the backlash from my own ethnic community to me being openly gay."

'Homophobia Is Not Rooted in Uganda But Influenced by Extreme Western Churches' – Frank Mugisha Q&A

What’s it like to be part of a Ugandan minority – of less than 20 – living as openly gay? Frank Mugisha agreed to answer questions about his experiences.

Q: How can we support progressive Ugandan faith leaders to work with their peers to be more accepting?

Ghanaian Celebrities Plea to Review Gay Rights in Ghana

Ghanaian celebrities including Efya and Kuby Mahama have taken to social media to condemn the beating of a suspected gay man, opening a rare window for debate on homosexuality in a country where gay sex is illegal. A video has emerged on social media which shows a well-known music promoter Kinto Rothmans being viciously beaten and threatened by a fuming mob.

Nigerian Archbishop Tells Government: Stop Punishing Gays

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria says the country’s government is "wrong" to be "punishing" gay Nigerians. The Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, has condemned Nigeria’s draconian anti-gay legislation, saying the Catholic Church is against "the criminalisation of people with different sexual orientations". He stressed: "We are not supporting the criminalisation of people with different sexual orientations. We would defend any person with homosexual orientation who is being harassed, who is being imprisoned, who is being punished."

An Attack on Equality

In New York, widely regarded as a gay-friendly city, reports of attacks on same-sex couples are on the rise. Here, one young couple tells their story.

"We were walking on the street, enjoying, holding hands, and from behind us we heard someone calling us 'fa***ts'. All I can recall is having that guy punch me in the face."

Lauryn Hill Performed Her First Ever Concert in Ghana

Last month, Lauryn Hill performed a concert in Accra as part of the Afrobeats Big Festival. Ms. Hill had performed in Africa four times before her first ever Ghanaian show — at 2012’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, in Rwanda in 2010, Senegal in 2006, and Ethiopia in 2005. Click on the link below to watch a 6-minute fan footage of Lauryn Hill’s Accra concert, which features live renditions of Fugees classics “Ready or Not” and “Killing Me Softly", as well as her solo staples like “Everything Is Everything”.

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa

Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people. A staggering 32 countries in Africa criminalize same-sex sexual contact with jail time. Months after Uganda's Constitutional Court overturned its Anti-Homosexuality Act, nearly identical legislation returned - this time in the Gambia. In October, Chad took up a sweeping bill that calls for 20-year prison sentences for those perceived to be LGBT. In 2013, more LGBT people were arrested in Cameroon than any other nation in the world.

Zimbabwe: 35 Injured in Attack on LGBT Group's Holiday Party

A violent attack on a holiday party thrown by an LGBT advocacy organization in Zimbabwe has left 35 injured. At least a dozen unidentified men attacked the event, which was described as a 'gay party' by local media, and hosted by advocacy group Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe. "[The attackers] were in three vehicles when they arrived and one of them produced a pistol and threatened our security team that was manning the gate for denying them access," said the group's director Chesterfield Samba.

Paul

"Homophobia is like any kind of fascism, it's sick behaviour, and it damages people. The homophobia that I experienced as a kid, really destroyed my confidence, my self-esteem, spirit and soul. The Christian brainwashing stopped me from flourishing and enjoying life to the full. But I'm determined to show that as a gay man I can be strong. Now I'm finding happiness, confidence and love."

D'Relle

"You can go through [bullying], but you don't have to play the victim." - D'Relle shares his experience

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