Gay Rights and Life in Cameroon

Homosexuals are subject to attacks and abuse in Cameroon From: November 4, 2010 Report: Criminalizing Identities – Rights Abuses in Cameroon Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. From: Alternatives-Cameroun, L’Association pour la defense des Droits des Homosexuels; Human Rights Watch; and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Douala, Cameroon Couples in

Gay Life in Ivory Coast – an Interview

Interview with Carlos Idibouo  who helped to create the first gay and lesbian organization in Ivory Coast, by Jimmy Leo. From:…/IVORY%20COAST%20REPORT.pdf Carlos Idibouo (photo right) is originally from Ivory Coast where he worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for several years. In July 2003, he helped to create the first gay and lesbian organization

Gay Zambia -The New Scene

Gay life in Zambia is limited and closeted for the most part. Amid the political, religious and legal homophobia, however, a lively private gay society bubbles quietly under the surface. A new LGBT organization is in the formative stages of coming alive.

Gay Sudan – Brave and Secret

By Richard Ammon June 2010 Freedom Sudan Gay life in Sudan is virtually non-existant from an observer’s eye. Deeply Muslim (in the north) and very conservative, the laws against same-sex behavior are severe. Nevertheless, a gay-focused website was launched in December 2006 called Freedom Sudan-the Sudanese LGBT Association. On their website it says: “Freedom

Zimbabwe – Harare City Views

Zimbabwe is the former Rhodesia, a colony of Britain for a hundred years.  After a civil war, 1965-1979, the country became independent in 1980 under the leadership of Robert Mugabe. He has been president ever since and has ruled with a corrupt and violent hand. Superficially Harare appears to have a veneer of prosperity as

Malawi – Lilongwe

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. The enormous Lake Malawi is almost the same size as the land area. Malawi is over 118,000 km2 with an estimated population of more than 13,900,000. Its capital is Lilongwe, the biggest city is Blantyre. The name Malawi

Mozambique: the Capital City of Maputo

Maputo is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. A port on the Indian Ocean with its economy centered around the harbor. It has a population of about 1,300,000, but the actual population is higher because of slums and other unofficial settlements. Coal, cotton, sugar, chromite, sisal, copra, and hardwood are the chief exports. The

Mozambique: Pemba Area

Pemba is a port city in northeast Mozambique. It was founded by the Niassa Company in 1904 as Porto Amélia, after a queen of Portugal. The city is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture. It was renamed Pemba at the end of Portuguese rule, in 1975. The city’s inhabitants are primarily Makondes, Macuas and Mwanis.

Mozambique: Traveling Across to Malawi

Crossing east to west in northern Mozambique brings the intrepid traveler to the border with Malawi. Within Mozambique there are few main east-west highways and only a limited railway. Part of the reason for inadequate international roads in southern Africa is that most of these countries were occupied by European powers that wanted to keep

Homosexuality, Tunisian Style

By John Champagne Gay and Lesbian Review May-June 2009 The Avenue Habib Bourgiba is downtown Tunis’s main thoroughfare. Built by the French colonizers as a version of the Champs Élysées and named after Tunisia’s first president, it stretches virtually from the bay of Tunis to the entrance to the medina, the ancient city. While the

Out in Kenya 2009

  Out in Kenya: Encountering Friends Like Us By Jesus Ramirez-Valles From Gay and Lesbian Review May-June 2009 “Are you married?” That was the first question coming from one of the men seated next to me. I immediately assumed he was curious about same-sex marriage in the United States. I replied that I was

South Africa – Johannesburg (1)

Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. At the time of European contact, its indigenous peoples reflected migrations from other parts of Africa. Two major groups were Xhosa and Zulu peoples. The discovery of diamonds and later gold in 1886 triggered war, as the Boers and the British fought for

South Africa – Johannesburg (2)

South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, the largest of the three, is the legislative capital; Pretoria is the administrative capital; and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Johannesburg is the unofficial financial capital of the country. The discovery of diamonds and later gold in 1886 near the city turned it into a massive boom

South Africa – Johannesburg (3)

Although Johannesburg is not a capital city it is the powerhouse of South Africa where life is bold, varied and definitely an adventure. South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, the largest of the three, is the legislative capital; Pretoria is the administrative capital; and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. There are numerous comfortable

Gay Mozambique

Introduction: Mozambique is a large country with a small LGBT representation. Despite the absence of aggressive anti-gay action by authorities, gay citizens keep their secrets and make no showing of Pride in public. A single organization called LAMBDA quietly goes about its business of health, sexual education and human rights; it also presses to become a registered NGO. In June 2015, homosexuality was decriminalized.