African media and gay rights

Though Western media used to be egregious with their gay stereotypes, they’ve gotten better over time. Though there are slippages. Here‘s an example.  Anyway, gross stereotypes about gay people are generally not acceptable on the airwaves, on TV or in print anymore over here. So what about African media? Let’s take Nigeria.  Here the Nigerian activist Ifeanyi Orazulike talks to me about this subject earlier this week in New York City:

In a separate clip I ask Ifeanyi about the relation between Western governments and agencies and agitating for gay rights on the continent. (That issue’s been in the news lately with British prime minister David Cameron’s announcement that his government would tie aid to African countries to their treatment of gays and lesbians.)

* Travis Ferland, a contributor to AIAC, is studying for a masters degree in international affairs at The New School.

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  1. Eish! Ifeanyi is spot on. Kenyan papers and TV, for instance, make me want to gouge my eyes out on this whole LGBTI issue. They willfully endanger people’s lives by evading privacy and spreading hate.

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