LGBT News – OUT in Africa

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MOZAMBIQUE

The former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, has called on African countries to respect LGBT people and cease enacting harsh penalties for homosexual acts or displays: “I encourage leaders to take a strong stand for fundamental human rights, and advance the trajectory for basic freedoms.” More>>

UGANDA

LGBT activists in Uganda have said that the world shouldn’t let itself be “misled” by President Yoweri Museveni’s recent promise to uphold the country’s constitution, which includes freedom of speech and non-discrimination protections; despite initial misgivings, he decided to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexual Bill into law. More>>

The Muslim Supreme Council in Uganda praised President Museveni’s decision to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill; though the death penalty was removed, the legislation still allows gay sex to be punished with sentences including life imprisonment; the Council declared that “once again, he has proved that he is a leader who has his country and his people at heart…[and]despite the numerous threats he received, he put morality first.”More>> 

GAMBIA

After the president/dictator of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, gave a virulently anti-gay speech in which he said LGBT stands for “leprosy, gonorrhea, bacteria and tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement condemning Jammeh’s views and expressing his own support for the LGBT community: “Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals.” More>> 

The leaders of both Uganda and Gambia declared that they will not strike down their harsh anti-LGBT laws even if it means receiving less international aid. Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo announced that the citizens of his country would rather “die poor than live in an immoral nation.” More>> 

NIGERIA

An award-winning Nigerian author and poet, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, published an opinion piece in News Wire Nigeria criticizing her country’s recently enacted anti-gay laws, in which she referred to homosexuality as a “victimless crime.” She wrote that the legislation was anti-democratic and that Nigeria needs to learn to accept differences. More>>

KENYA

Although Jacob Kushner recently published a piece in the Denver Post titled “Kenya may be uniquely ripe for advances in gay rights,” Kenyan journalist and LGBT rights activist Denis Nzioka is predicting that the country will join Nigeria and Uganda in passing blatantly anti-gay laws, due to local politicians and other groups that are preparing a “Not in Africa” backlash. More>>

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