Gay Uganda: Interviews with Activists

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

Gay Uganda: a Bigot’s View

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 It is poorly focused, punctuated with useless hearsay including quotes from ‘professionals’ with outdated and irrelevant ideas about the ’cause’ of homosexuality.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.

Gay Life in Cape Verde

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.

Gay Life in São Tomé and Príncipe

  Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Lesotho

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Swaziland

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Mali

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.  (

Gay Life in Liberia

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Madagascar

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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,

Gay Life in Eritrea

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Sierra Leone

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:

Gay Life in Niger

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Chad

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Guinea

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Benin

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Togo

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Equatorial Guinea

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Gambia

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Burkina Faso

Compiled by Richard Ammon 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

Gay Life in Libya

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