LAGOS — Distrust of Nigeria’s mental health system prevents many sexual and gender minorities from seeking professional help when coming to terms with their faith and sexuality.
MOMBASA, Kenya — Members of Mombasa’s LGBTI community discuss the pain and pleasure of coming out to friends, family and society at large.
KUMASI, Ghana — In Ghana, LGBT students are expelled for “sexual misconduct” or silenced for fear of being demonized by school counselors who double as religious leaders.
LAGOS — Megachurch pastor and televangelist T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) claims to “drive demons” out of sexual minorities on live television. LGBT activists and psychologists say the practice can bring about new harms.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon — “Some people may think LGBTI+ people live in peace in Cameroon. Their lives can only be compared to the peace and serenity of a graveyard. They are silent but live in distress.”
KITWE, Zambia — A consortium of Zambian civil society organizations championing the rights of LGBT people has embarked on a campaign to advance their rights in the soon-to-be-launched 2016 – 2019 Zambia National AIDS Strategic Framework.
KAMPALA, Uganda — An intersex rights group says operations carried out in Uganda are unnecessary and sometimes botched, advising parents to wait until after children have reached puberty before making any decisions on surgery.
BLANTYRE, Malawi — The Arizona-based pastor, known for his hate speech against sexual and gender minorities, says homosexuality is a crime worthy of death and is trying to spread this message in Southern Africa.
WINDHOEK, Namibia — Judgmental attitudes towards gays and lesbians are common in the nation’s Christian churches.
LILONGWE, Malawi — Activists say the religious beliefs and affiliations of health workers and their institutions often contribute to anti-LGBT discrimination.