A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations
Africa / Faith and religion

A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations

The goal: “a space in West Africa where persons from diverse faiths, cultures, class and sexual orientations can convene, work with faith leaders and communities to create a world in which everyone enjoys all human rights irrespective of class, religious belief, culture and sexual orientation.”  Late last month, West Africa moved a step closer to … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Faith and religion

African-American pastors’ Africa tour seeks end to anti-gay bias

  Excerpt from the Equal Eyes recap of worldwide LGBTI-related news: US: Black pastors launch African tour to counteract Rick Warren’s anti-gay movement Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and Bishop-Elect Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry has launched a month-long tour of key African nations where LGBTI … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Comment: Africa isn’t anti-gay, ‘just hopelessly confused’

An insightful commentary in the pan-African publication Mail & Guardian Africa notes not only that African countries are far from united in their attitudes toward homosexuality, but also that many individual countries have self-contradictory laws. An excerpt from the article “Forgive it. Africa is not anti-gay; the continent is just hopelessly confused”: In Cote d’Ivoire, … Continue reading

Africa / Americas / Commentary

U.S. vs. ‘Dictators’ Club’ of anti-gay African strongmen

While African leaders meet this week at a trade summit in Washington, D.C., it’s important to recognize that some of Africa’s most repressive (and mostly anti-LGBTI) leaders are gaining strength from each other by providing mutual support, writes Alyssa Rickard, program associate for Africa Programs at democracy watchdog group Freedom House. She argues that the … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast: Humiliating and degrading treatment

(Aussi publié en français) Although there is no law against homosexuality in Ivory Coast, our correspondent informs us there has been an increase in homophobic attacks in recent months. On January 22 and 23, 2014, the headquarters of Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, an LGBT NGO fighting against AIDS, was attacked by a homophobic crowd of some sixty people. … Continue reading