The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will no longer classify gender incongruence as a mental disorder. This comes in their latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases. The report states: “The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this… Read More WHO will not classify being transgender as a mental disorder
A presidential commission in Tunisia has recommended the decriminalisation of the country’s anti-gay law. Known as the Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (COLIBE), the commission that is comprised of legislators, professors and human rights advocates, included the decriminalization of homosexuality as one of the several progressive changes recommended to the country’s President, Beji Caid Essebi.… Read More Tunisian Presidential Commission suggests decriminalising homosexuality
About 100 men and women alleged to be gay were reportedly arrested in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria, according to a witness who reported the incident to NoStringsNG . Narrating the incident, the witness who happened to have escaped told the advocacy blog that the police showed up at the hotel’s club at about 2:00 am, where… Read More Eyewitness narrates how Delta State Police arrest over 100 alleged LGBT persons.
Chike Frankie Edozien has a won a Lammy! The Nigerian author and journalist took home the Lambda Literary Award’s Gay Memoir/Biography Prize for his book, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. Edozien’s book is one of the few memoirs about living as a Nigerian gay man and was released to critical… Read More Chike Frankie Edozien wins Lambda Literary Award for ‘Lives of Great Men’
In this first part of the series, PETER OKEUGO reports that in their search for safety and protection, these Gay and Transgender refugees in Kenya’s Kakuma Camp fled homophobic attacks in Uganda, only to meet doom in what should be a safe haven. This report is a follow up to Emmanuel Sadi’s interview with Tobias Pellicciari… Read More Out of the frying pan into the fire (Part 1)
As one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, Nollywood prides itself on expressing the stories that reflect the cultures and way of life of its citizens. It is however disturbing that the industry has failed to accurately or even partially reflect the struggles of its LGBTQ community, this hasn’t stopped Nollywood from suffering the effects of Nigeria’s… Read More Nigeria’s movie industry (Nollywood) struggles with internalized homophobia
In a country where same-sex marriage is already outlawed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2014 same-sex marriage prohibition act, Benue State House of Assembly doubles down on the punishments for LGBT persons by mirroring the prohibition act with a same-sex prohibition law. The lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill to prohibit same-sex marriage and the announcement was… Read More Benue’s lawmakers pass a Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law with 14 years imprisonment for gay persons.
Ghana’s LGBT community is under new pressure as a religious coalition in Ghana is attempting to influence a new bill criminalizing the LGBT community in the Ghana. The spokesperson for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values; Mr Moses Foh Amoaning said his outfit would soon present a draft bill to Parliament to… Read More Ghana’s religious coalition starts an annual prayer and fasting festival against LGBT persons.
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2017 calendar year. For the full report visit: www.glaad.org/sri GLAAD found that of… Read More Annual GLAAD film report finds alarming drop in LGBTQ characters
In an Instagram post, Nigerian TV host; Denrele Edun, shares his horrific experience with a clubber in Lagos. He posted a picture of himself with friends out for a fun night at Hard Rock Cafe and narrated his experience with a violent homophobe who tried to beat him up for hugging his girlfriend. Read his… Read More Nigerian TV Host Denrele Edun assaulted because he was perceived to be gay.