Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

Buoyed by Supreme Court, will U.S. church help LGBT Africans?

On the same day when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages, the progressive U.S.-based Episcopal Church is considering whether to extend its work for justice to LGBT people in Africa. The church’s General Convention, now under way in Salt Lake City, Utah, will decide whether to authorize not only … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews for 27 of the many countries where LGBTI people struggle for respect and equal rights. … Continue reading


Ivory Coast LGBT celebrate IDAHO at post-attack HQ

Report by Jean Marc Yao. English version by Denis LeBlanc. (Aussi publié en français)   Alternative Cote d’Ivoire celebrated International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in its new official headquarters in Abidjan, in the Angré-Djibi neighborhood. The LGBT rights anti-AIDS organization needed the new location because its former offices had been ransacked in January … Continue reading


Ivory Coast’s shameful silence after anti-gay attacks

Human rights consultant Jean Marc Yao analyzes the shameful silence of Ivory Coast’s non-governmental organizations in the wake of multiple attacks in January by an anti-gay mob that shut down the headquarters of the LGBT-friendly anti-AIDS group Alternative CI. Published in English and in French. Attack on the headquarters of Alternative Côte d’Ivoire: Why has … Continue reading


Violence, hypocrisy imperil LGBT people in Ivory Coast

Jean Marc Yao, human rights consultant in Ivory Coast, wrote this analysis of the recent attacks on LGBT people there. The English version is below. A French version, also on this blog, is entitled “Côte d’Ivoire: L’hypocrisie et la violence contre les LGBT.” Listening to a story by Maureen Grisot that was broadcast on Radio France International … Continue reading


Anti-gay attacks disrupt AIDS efforts in Ivory Coast

Anti-gay mobs have forced a human rights group in Ivory Coast to suspend its work, which includes AIDS services, the human rights advocacy group Front Line Defenders reported. Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, which combats AIDS and advocates for human rights for LGBT people, was attacked four times last week.  In the fourth attack, the group’s offices … Continue reading


Anti-gay Ivory Coast attack sends guard to hospital

Anti-gay attackers today broke into the office of an LGBT rights group in Ivory Coast, sending a security guard to the hospital and ransacking the premises. It was the fourth such attack this week on Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, which combats AIDS and advocates for human rights for LGBT people. Claver Touré, the association’s executive director, … Continue reading


Ivory Coast: Seeking help for LGBT activists under attack

The human rights advocacy group Front Line Defenders has urged the government of Ivory Coast to intervene to stop death threats and attacks against LGBT rights activists there. (For background, see this blog’s article “Ivory Coast: Activists under attack by anti-gay mobs.”)  Front Line Defenders writes: Ivory Coast – Death threats and attacks against LGBTI rights … Continue reading