Information on the conditions for LGBTI minorities in specific countries from global human rights organizations and other sources.
2015, 38 pages
This report from PEN America and PEN Nigeria, uses potent and poignant individual testimonies by LGBTI Nigerians to demonstrate how the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2014 has distorted Nigeria’s cultural and political landscape by silencing the country’s LGBTI community through state-sanctioned intimidation and marginalization. Drawing on interviews with local LGBTI authors, artists, activists, and their allies, the report details the cascading effects of a law that, while purporting to target same sex marriage, has infringed upon rights to free speech, access to health care, housing, and employment, interfered with civil and political rights, and led to wholesale impunity for violence against LGBTI people. The report documents the cases of writers unable to publish their books, poems, and stories, organizations forbidden from meeting, social media communities chilled by government infiltration, and rising incidents of blackmail and extortion directed at LGBTI individuals. The report showcases Nigeria’s at-risk literary and artistic traditions with works by prominent writers and artists from Nigeria’s LGBTI community and diaspora, including Unoma Azuah, Jude Dibia, and Adejoke Tugbiyele.
2014, 103 pages.
This joint report from the Danish Immigration Service’s and the Danish Refugee Council’s fact finding mission to Kampala, Uganda from 16 to 25 June 2013, describes the situation of LGBT people in Uganda.
Struggling alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria
2012, 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.
2012, 39 pages
Over the past four years, the West and Central Africa sub-regions have seen a rapidly growing flame of controversy, political debates and media attention on questions related to the existence, identities and rights of sexual minority. Most notably, recent cases in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon, have served as a catalyst for debates and increased visibility of the realities of this population. However, very little data exists on this community.
This research enriches the “library” of data on the realities of LGBTI in Africa, “library” that has started to be built across the continent. For instance, in researches conducted in countries such as Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria and Senegal, it was highlighted how the question of homosexuality is increasingly becoming a problematic one. One the other hand, these researches also show how it is becoming more and more challenging for African politicians to declare without reservation that homosexuality is “un-African”, since the respondents of these research projects are African, living on the continent who have voluntarily taken part in the studies, despite the social and political context in their countries.
2015, 79 pages
In collaboration with PEMA Kenya, Human Rights Watch have looked into a series of homo- and transphobic attacks along the Kenyan coast. The groups documented rights abuses against members of sexual minorities in Kenya’s coast region, including mob violence, assault, rape, incitement to violence, and inadequate protection. The report identifies ways the Kenyan authorities could improve their response to these abuses.