Saturday, February 09, 2013

On Being Gay in Africa


From Uganda:

"'We don't dare to live here any more. We have felt unsafe for a long time and it only gets worse. It's all the talk about that law that agitates people. If it is passed I am sure they will burn down the house,' says one, a 23-year-old transsexual who prefers to be called "Bad Black" for safety reasons.

"The law he refers to is the so-called 'Kill the Gays' bill, which is set to become reality in Uganda within days. It is already illegal to commit a homosexual act in the country, but a unified parliament now supports a tightening of the law, which, among other things, will make it punishable by death to be a 'serial offender'."

Read the story here. Photos here.

(Photo by Mathias Christensen)

Elsewhere:
Rod 2.0 reports some good news: arrests of a blackmail ring that was targeting gays in Kenya, and a pro-LGBT minister is sworn in as the new Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana.

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