Tag "Africa"

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Opinion: Are Anti-Gay Witch Hunts Really Protecting ‘African Values’?

Homophobia, not homosexuality, is a western import to Africa.   On October 29, governor of Tanzania’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced that he formed an anti-gay unit to hunt

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The Trump Administration Will Not Punish African Countries That Discriminate Against LGBTQ People

Mick Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker who is Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration, has made comments which imply that the Trump administration will

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So, You Think Homosexuality Is Un-African?

Well, it’s Not. Anti-gay sentiments in Africa, which run counter to a history of same-sex practices across the continent, are often fuelled by the hostile attitudes of some in key

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#FineQueerCouples: LGBT couples in Africa celebrate love online with trending hashtag

It may still a taboo topic in most African nations, but same sex love is gaining grounds despite the risk to life and intolerance of LGBT rights. South Africa is

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Emeli Sande urges Commonwealth leaders to see LGBT+ people ‘as human beings’ and overturn anti-gay laws

Singer Emeli Sande has urged Commonwealth leaders to overturn anti-gay laws and “see people as human beings”. Speaking to the Commonwealth leaders that have gathered for CHOGUM (Commonwealth Heads of

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Theresa May apologizes for UK’s colonial anti-gay laws

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she deeply regrets the UK’s role in criminalizing same-sex relations in its former colonies. The laws were passed under British rule and are

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Black Panther and the Promise of a Queer-Affirming Africa

Originally published on out.com Rapturous reviews, record-breaking box office, and legit cultural phenomenon aside, Black Panther is a landmark, especially for black folks. The mythical Wakanda, King T’Challa/Black Panther’s homeland,

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The African Homophobe Is Not Special. He Is Simply Behind Schedule

There’s a faux attempt by some members of the African public to paint their homophobia as something new and special, to see it as a vestige of our burgeoning religious

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Homosexuality Is Not Un-African But Homophobia Is

Previously published on africanexponent.com Homosexuality is considered an anathema to African societies. In Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar, 12 women and 8 men were arrested over homosexuality. They were in a hotel