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5 Muslim Nations Where Being Gay is Legal

These are five Muslim countries where being gay is not a crime. What do they have in common? None of them were colonized by the British Empire. Many countries i...
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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today. Fascinatin...
A posed posed portrait of 29 year old, trans woman Joseph with his mother 65 year old Mai. His mother had a hard time initially understanding Joseph’s sexuality and the community didn’t make it easy, questioning her for continuing to accept him, and at one occasion throwing stones at the house. She says though that he is a good son, that homosexuality has always existed and “I accept him and I protect him.” She worries about him constantly especially if she doesn’t see him for a couple of days. Joseph was arrested in December 2012. The police accused him of promoting homosexuality. He was tortured, the worst of which was when the police sodomized with a police baton that tore his anus and left him in severe pain and bleeding for weeks. He was released from prison after two weeks. He still has nightmares and flashbacks of the torture. Today he is a LGBT/HIV Aids Activist and volunteers for transgender HIV affected community. Uganda. March 2015.  While many countries around the world are legally recognizing same-sex relationships, individuals in nearly 80 countries face criminal sanctions for private consensual relations with another adult of the same sex. Violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression is even more widespread. Africa is becoming the worst continent for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Inter-sex (LGBTQI) individuals. More than two thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex acts. In some, homosexuality is punishable by death. In Nigeria new homophobic laws introduced in 2013 led to dramatic increase in attacks. Under Sharia Law, homosexuality is punishable by death, up to 50 lashes and six months in prison for woman; for men elsewhere, up to 14 years in prison. Same sex acts are illegal in Uganda. A discriminatory law was passed then struck down and homophobic attacks rose tenfold after the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. In Cameroon it is also illegal. More cases ag

Out in Africa

At the entrance to a sprawling, open-air bar and restaurant in downtown Kampala, a large sign advertises what—six days out of seven—is on offer: music food ...
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Africa on the Square

After a successful debut last year when 20,000 people went to Africa on the Square the free festival returns. Celebrating African culture with performances by A...