Editorial Comment: Gay Cruise Ship Forbidden Morocco Landing This is a story of a forbidden cruise ship landing and the homophobia whipped up by local media despite no official government ban. After the incident Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said “no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.” Too
Introduction The country may be homophobic and the politicians and clerics may be close-minded but that does not stop Uganda’s LGBT activists from charging on with hope and integrity. In Memorium: On February 26, 2011 one of Uganda’s finest and most outspoken LGBT rights activist, David Kato, was murdered in cold blood in his home. Friends and
A biased news article composed by an ill-informed reporter about gays in the capital city Kampala. It is poorly focused, punctuated with useless hearsay including quotes from ‘professionals’ with outdated and irrelevant ideas about the ’cause’ of homosexuality. It’s a daunting–and typical–introduction to Ugandan public attitudes toward lesbigay citizens in that country.
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com March 2012 Introduction The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a partially recognised state that claims sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony. On Feb. 27, 1976, the Polisario Front formally proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and set up a government in exile, initiating
Posted here are some stories and reports about LGBT life in Cape Verde. There is little internet insight into the actual lives of gay Verdean other than the one essay by Ivalindo, native of Cape Verde (see #4) some indirect references. Being Africa there is the usual homophobia in society, yet also being Portuguese and European there seems to be less intensity to discrimination.
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Not surprising there is virtually no recent insight about LGBT life on this small two island nation. There is one short story, posted below, about a gay man in 2003 whose experience and attitude were expressed thus: “Several people here know I’m gay, and it has
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Male same-sex sexual acts are illegal in Lesotho—a sharp contrast to South Africa, which completely surrounds the country. Lesotho law does not address sexual orientation. LGBT people face discrimination in employment, housing, access to health care, access to education, or other areas. Homosexual conduct is taboo
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Off to a bad start: “Very little information is available on same-sex couples in Swaziland and no gay organizations are involved in the government anti-HIV campaign. The Gays and Lesbians Association of Swaziland (GALESWA), formed in the 1990s, has only one known member. The constitution does not
Introduction Neither male or female same-sex sexual activity is specifically prohibited in Mali, but public laws may be used against LGBT persons. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, 98% of Mali residents said that homosexuality should be rejected by society, making it the highest rejection of homosexuality in the 44 countries surveyed. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Mali)
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Updated December 2016 Introduction Not surprising, homophobia continues its march across sub-Saharan Africa unabated in 2012 as Liberia lawmakers take their turn in proposing hateful anti-gay discriminatory laws. Two lawmakers in Liberia have introduced bills that could make homosexuality more dangerous than it already is but the President
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction From: US State Department Human Rights Report Madagascar, with a population of more than 20 million, is ruled by an unelected and illegal civilian regime that assumed power in a March 2009 coup with military support. Andry Nirina Rajoelina adopted the title of president of the transition,
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction The news from Eritrea is not good in general and worse for LGBT citizens. Homosexual acts are illegal in Eritrea. Same-sex sexual activity is prohibited in Section II of the penal code from 1960. Article 600 “unnatural carnal offences” can be punished for internment for between 10
Ever since independence from England in 1961 (since 1808) the Sierra Leone government and society have preferred to deny the existence of lesbians and gay men. But since the turn of the 21st century African homosexuality has become a flashpoint of conflict between old biblical/koranic colonial ideas and progressive human rights activism. Sierra Leone is no exception and today male same-sex sexual activity is illegal with possible life imprisonment as punishment. Social attitudes are hostile to homosexuality and cross-dressing because of religious beliefs. Most citizens subscribe to Christian or Muslim traditional gender roles and are expected to abstain from sexual activity outside of a traditional marriage.
Nevertheless, in 2011, the first major study was conducted regarding homosexuality:
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Same-sex sexual activity is technically legal, most likely only because it is not mentioned in the criminal statutes of Niger because most authorities do not think it exists in their country. Of course, there are no anti-discrimination laws for LGBT citizens and no ‘community’. The U.S. Department
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Chad is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world; most inhabitants live in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers. Since 2003, crude oil has become the country’s primary source of export earnings, superseding the traditional cotton industry. Chad is considered a failed state
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction It is very difficult to find reliable information about gay life in this central African country. It is a poor and abused country where life is harsh for the vast majority while a tiny privileged few enjoy access to foreign aid and business profits, legally or otherwise.
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area, after Algeria, and the eleventh largest in the world. Former names include Belgian Congo and Zaire, now often called DR Congo. (Not to be confused with
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Republic of the Congo, also called Congo Brazzaville. (Not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of Congo) These acts never have been criminalized but there is no legal recognition of same-sex couples. Because of the
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction The land that is now Guinea (sometimes called Guinea-Conakry) belonged to a series of African empires until France colonized it in the 1890s, and made it part of French West Africa. Guinea declared its independence from France on 2 October 1958. Islam is the majority religion for
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Benin has suffered the historic fate of being a major slave trade center in the 19th century as well as a victim of French imperialism from 1892 to 1960. After independence there was warfare between competing tribes for power which destabilized the country, becoming a Marxist country
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Any thoughtful study of African homosexuality should start with the well-researched book by Steven Murray and Will Roscoe titled “Boy Wives and Female Husbands: A Studies of African Homosexualities” published in 1998. It is the first work of its kind on the subject of African sexuality offering
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Equatorial Guinea but that is about the only slightly positive note about gay life in this impoverished and corrupt country. Equatorial Guinea is a textbook case of the resource curse: The country’s leaders have squandered its oil
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Sex between men occurs in most societies though its extent certainly varies from place to place, for cultural or other reasons. Its existence, however, is frequently denied by the authorities in many places because of religious teachings or cultural taboos, or because as individuals they feel uncomfortable
Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. Laws about homosexuality In Burkina Faso male/male and female/female sexual relations are not illegal as such. According to the Penal Code of 1996: “Any person
Three men accused of being homosexual are reported to have been executed by the Islamic State (ISIS). The men were reportedly shot in the head at the town’s main Ateeq Mosque following afternoon (Asr) prayers. Libya is in a chaotic condition with militant groups fighting each other for control, including ISIS Traditional Islam condemns homosexuality and