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Perspectives - Struggle for Equality Perspectives - Struggle for Equality

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Date added: 08/02/2012
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perspectives_imagePolitical analysis and commentary from Africa (2010).

Over the past couple of years, there has not been a shortage of examples of human rights violations of LGBTI persons throughout the continent. The violations have been perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. The violations vary from the denial of basic rights to, in some extreme cases, physical violence against LGBTI people and sometimes even death. Some states have taken efforts to strengthen criminal laws by increasing penalties or broadening the list of offences that LGBTI people can be charged under.

Current and former heads of state continue to make statements condemning same sex relations. Various religious formations have also taken the opportunity to oppose same sex relationships. There are currently 38 countries on the continent that actively criminalise same sex intimacy and, while not expressly criminalised in other countries, other laws, like vagrancy or public nuisance laws, can be used to prosecute and persecute LGBTI individuals and groups.

In 6 articles, this publication covers different aspects of LGBTI activism in Africa, including experiences from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The message is that despite the myriad of challenges and hostile environment there is an ongoing engagement and growing movement towards equality for LGBTI people throughout the continent.

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.

Research on The Lived Experiences of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women in Kenya Research on The Lived Experiences of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women in Kenya

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Date added: 03/04/2016
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LBQ women in Kenya2016, 43 pages

This report from GALCK explores the lived experiences of LBQ women in Kenya. Qualitative research has been carried out in three major towns, and the study provides insight into the scope and experiences of everyday and structural violence facing these women.

The study thus points to where LGBT organisations in Kenya can fine-tune their interventions, and also points out new avenues for strengthening the Kenyan LGBT movement.

Rule by Law Rule by Law

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Date added: 10/16/2014
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Rule by Law96 pages, October 2014

From Amnesty International comes "Rule by Law: Discriminatory Legislation and Legitimized Abuses in Uganda." This report documents the human rights impact of three pieces of legislation: the Public Order Management Act, the Anti-Pornography Act, and the Anti-Homosexuality Act: in particular, the impact that these laws have had on the ability of civil society to organise, on discrimination against women, and on the lives of people who are or are believed to be LGBTI.

Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives: The impact of Nigeria's anti-LGBT law on freedom of expression Silenced Voices, Threatened Lives: The impact of Nigeria's anti-LGBT law on freedom of expression

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Date added: 07/01/2015
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Silenced voices2015, 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.

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