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Information on the conditions for LGBTI minorities in specific countries from global human rights organizations and other sources.

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Struggling alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria Struggling alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria

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Struggling Alone2012, 46 pages.

From April to August 2011, QAYN conducted a five-month research project in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria, in order to critically document the lived realities of lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, queer and women who have sex with women. QAYN worked in Ghana and Burkina Faso, while QAYN’s local partner in Nigeria, Women’s Health and Equal Rights (WHER), undertook the same process in Nigeria. A group of volunteers engaged in interviews and focus group discussions to uncover the challenges faced and strategies used by LBTQWSW in living their lives as same gender-loving women. This research project was the first of its kind to be designed and conducted by a pan-African lesbian-led group in West Africa.

As this report demonstrates, LBTQWSW in West Africa remain some of the most marginalized, vulnerable, invisible members of the LGBTQQ community in the sub-region. Often out of sight, they live within a patriarchal social system and narrowed interpretations of what forms of identity, expression and relationships are morally acceptable. These women exist; their lives and struggles are real – and deserved to be documented.

Boldly Queer Boldly Queer

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Boldly Queer2015, 184 pages

Hivos has officially released the publication Boldly Queer: African Perspectives on Same-sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity. The book is a rich collection of articles, essays, stories and photographs that highlight a growing understanding of LGBT rights struggles and realities on the African continent. Seventeen scholars, activists and writers from across Africa contributed to the book. What the contributions have in common is audacity and boldness, not accepting the status quo of suppression by conservative values, severe criminalisation or increased religiosity. In short, these contributions are “boldly queer”.

Fremstillinger af seksuelle minoriteter i Ugandas skrevne presse Fremstillinger af seksuelle minoriteter i Ugandas skrevne presse

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Abstract in English: page 159-161. This study (in Danish) examines how sexual minorities are being constructed discursively in the Ugandan English press and how this construction affects social practice (2011).

The starting point for this research has been the Anti?Homosexuality Bill presenting the Ugandan Parliament on October 14, 2009 proposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”. The bill is part of a social practice in Uganda characterised by widespread poverty, political corruption, strong Christian beliefs and a largely negative attitude towards homosexuality. The critical perspective suggests that the assignment of mainly negative meaningsand mythical representation is articulated and distributed through the English language press in Uganda.

Thus, the study indicates that parts of the discourse practice reaffirms perceptions of sexual minorities dominating the social sphere partly due to structural and social concerns.The study also points to that the mythical representation supports and gives sense to certain actions in the social sphere e.g. The anti?homosexuality bill.

Report on the Human Rights Situation of Afro-Brazilian Trans Women Report on the Human Rights Situation of Afro-Brazilian Trans Women

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2012, 44 pages

Global Rights: Partners for Justice is a human rights organization working in partnership with local activists in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender orientation or disability. The qualitative research for this report was conducted in 2012 in Brazil and it examines the struggles of a group of individuals who are deeply marginalized from diverse economic, cultural, and political contexts, and who often remain subject to violence, sexual abuse, and murder. In addition to providing information and supporting recommendations on the status of the Afro-Brazilian trans population, the report highlights these individuals’ daily experiences by presenting their own arduous accounts of the struggle for survival and acceptance.

A Sierra Leonean case study A Sierra Leonean case study

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Sierra Leone 20132013, 43 pages.

Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
in Access to Health Care and Violence/Bias.

This report is the compilation of two research projects initiated in 2012 as part of the Global Rights’ project, Increasing the Capacity of Sierra Leonean LGBTI Civil Society Organizations to Monitor, Document and Address Rights Violations in their Communities. This is the first report on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Sierra Leone and represents a concerted effort by our partners Dignity Association and Pride Equality, whose knowledge and understanding of the unique challenges faced when collecting information in the local LGBTI community, allowed them to uncover data that could not have been collected otherwise.

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