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In the illustration Chinue Igwe, a biracial Nigerian-American lesbian woman discusses the complexities of coming out the closet. The illustration depicts the prevalent conservative social, cultural and religious attitudes, which are normally used in society as the basis to dismiss homosexuality as a sin or reprehensible behaviour.

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Malawians participate in protest marches against abortion and homosexuality

Malawians across major cities today participated in protest marches against alleged proposals by the government to legalise abortion and homosexuality in the country. Various religious groups participated in the protest, which also attracted members of the Rastafari faith. Numerous images of the protest shared on social media show people carrying pro-life placards and anti-gay banners.

A file photo taken on May 2, 2008 shows Emmerson Mnangagwa, Robert Mugabe's then ZANU-PF election agent addressing a press conference in Harare. Photo: ANP/AFP Alexander Joe
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Zimbabwe rejects recommendation to reconsider stance on same sex-marriages

The Zimbabwean government has shot down suggestions to allow same sex-marriages in the country, choosing to accept 142 recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group. The country’s Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa told local papers that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality, despite suggestions by some European countries that Zimbabwe should reconsider its position.

Evan Hempel and his son Photo: TIME
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Transgender pregnancy and the contestation of gender identity and norms

Evan Hempel was born a female. 16 years ago, the 35 year-old came out as transgender, and since 2003, he has been taking hormones to physically become male. After a failed pregnancy, the 35-year-old finally gave birth to a son in April. Pregnancies like Evan’s surely stretch our cultural perceptions of gender norms. While Americans are starting to open up to the idea that you may be born into a female body, but believe that you are really a man, or vice-versa, it appears such an idea is making some African uncomfortable.

Tanzania will not soften tough stance on homosexuality
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Tanzania will not soften tough stance on homosexuality

The plight of Tanzania’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, which has long suffered from social and institutionalised discrimination is set to continue following remarks that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality. While President John Magufuli has been commended for the early signs of good governance and tough stance of corruption, the rights of the LGBT community have not been protected.