Gay Rights in Africa Under Spotlight Again

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights are not recognised throughout most of the continent with homosexuality being outlawed in 38 African countries.

Photo: Irin

Gay rights continues to be a controversial issue.

  • South Africa:  Lesbian Murder Sentence a Message for Africa

    South African Press Association, 1 February 2012

    Human rights activists have welcomed the sentencing of four men who were found guilty of stabbing and stoning a 19-year-old lesbian to death in 2006. read more »

  • Liberia:  Illegal and Invisible - Sexuality, Identity and LGBT Rights in Liberia

    African Arguments, 31 January 2012

    Clearly, in times of chaos and anarchy, the vulnerable and powerless are always attacked. It's a short step from there during a fragile peace to judgments like: "Who is causing the ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Gay Reprisal

    New Democrat, 31 January 2012

    The self-proclaimed advocate for the rights of gays and lesbians in Liberia, Mr. Leroy Archie Ponpon has claimed his detractors recently burnt down his mother's house in an arson ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Row Over Alleged Gay Slur By King Continues

    South African Press Association, 25 January 2012

    It was disrespectful to demand an apology from Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini for an alleged gay slur, traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal said on Tuesday. read more »


  • Girls Expelled For 'Lesbianism'

    NTV Kenya
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    8 February 2012

    Twelve students of Moi Kadzodzo Girls Secondary School in Kilifi have been sent home after accusations of being lesbians. The form two, three and ... see more »


  • Africa:  Leaders Must Respect Gay Rights, UN Chief Tells African Union

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 29 January 2012

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders they must respect gay rights, speaking at the opening of an African Union summit meeting on Sunday. read more »

  • Kenya:  Family Values Don't Supersede Rights of Gays

    The Star, 24 January 2012

    Eldoret North Member of Parliament, William Ruto recently announced his intentions to campaign for the presidency on the platform of upholding family values. read more »

  • South Africa:  King Denies Attacking Gays

    South African Press Association, 23 January 2012

    The Zulu Royal Household has criticised what it called a "reckless translation" of King Goodwill Zwelithini's speech on Sunday. read more »

  • Africa:  Anti-Gay Bill Doesn't Make Sense, Mbeki Says

    The Monitor, 22 January 2012

    Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has hit out at Ndorwa West MP David Bahati's anti-gay Bill, telling a public audience in Kampala that what two consenting adults do in ... read more »

  • Africa:  As Long As Homophobia Lives, Aids Won't Die

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 20 January 2012

    History has a very unfortunate way of repeating itself. Thirty years ago, the gay community in the West faced an unprecedented crisis -- a new, unknown virus that was taking the ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Wage War On Sodomy

    The Observer, 18 January 2012

    The word sodomy originates from the sinful practice of the inhabitants of the city of Sodom and its neighbours Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboim. read more »

  • Liberia:  Public Outrage Leads Gay Rights Activists Into Hiding

    New Democrat, 18 January 2012

    Self-styled exponent campaigner for the legalization of gay rights and same sex marriage in Liberia Tuesday affirmed that members of his group have gone into hiding for fear of ... read more »