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Stop Playing the Music of Hate

The Bisi Alimi Foundation (BAF) conducted a survey to explore and collect information about current life experiences of LGBT [Lesbians Gay Bisexuals Transgender] Nigerians. The report titled Not Dancing to their Music details the discrimination, harassment and abuse experienced by respondents and makes recommendations of changes needed in the country to ensure security, justice and equality for all.

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Tanzanian government suspends HIV programs for gay community

The Tanzanian government has suspended U.S. funded AIDS programs for the gay community in what is seen as a crackdown on homosexuals in Tanzania. The suspension was followed by the closure of all 40 health centres which provided AIDS-related services to homosexuals. In most African countries there have been sharp divisions over homosexuality and authorities have consistently escalated their campaigns against homosexuality.

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Happy Being Me

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.

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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.

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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.