LGBT in Africa: ‘Persecution at home made me an immigrant’

This video by Anthony Irungu, which BBC originally published on 15 September 2020, emerged from a June 2020 journalism training workshop Taboom Media led with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Africa accounts for nearly half of the countries worldwide where same-sex relationships are outlawed. Faced with attacks and death threats from family and society, sexual and gender minorities in Africa are often left with no choice but to seek asylum in countries where they are able to live more freely. BBC Africa spoke to a trans woman from Somalia and a femme/non-binary queer person from Ethiopia about the realities of life away from home. Watch the full video at

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