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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

#Watch Binyavanga’s brilliant YouTube documentary calling out the BS behind “African” homophobia

We’ve been looking forward to this one. When our friends at the Guardian and BBC (and plenty of other outlets) finally reported on Binyavanga Wainaina’s wonderful essay yesterday, we learned that he had a documentary up his sleeve as well. And here it is, in six witty, moving, thoughtful, hilarious, essential, truthful parts — “We Must Free

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Woman of the Year

It’s been a busy year for Cameroonian lawyer Alice Nkom, but then again it’s been a busy year for the Cameroonian government, and its various allies, persecuting and prosecuting anyone it suspects of being gay, lesbian, transgender,...

Monday, October 15th, 2012

“This is My Route!” Race, Entitlement and Gay Pride in South Africa

It’s been a week since the now infamous events of the Joburg Pride Parade, where the organization One in Nine attempted to disrupt the parade in order to protest both systemic violence targeting black lesbians in South...

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Joyce Banda and Gay Rights

Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, has said that she will push for the repeal of her country’s anti-homosexuality laws. Of course this depends on her ability to secure popular support in parliament. Even if these laws are...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Branding Nigeria and Gay Rights

Last month the writer Chinua Achebe declined the Nigerian government’s attempt to name him a Commander of the Federal Republic. He had rejected the same award in 2004. Achebe’s main objection then was widespread state corruption. He...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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...

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