JUBA, South Sudan — In socially conservative South Sudan, LGBT people face discrimination and abuse, their non-traditional sexualities and genders often considered taboo.
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For male sex workers in Zimbabwe, discrimination and abuse are the norm
HARARE, Zimbabwe — “You have not graduated into sex work if you are not raped,” Munashe said of what he has come to consider a terrible inevitability for male sex workers who have sex with men in Zimbabwe.
As faiths mix, Madagascar’s LGBTQ community faces harassment and discrimination
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — For LGBTQ people in Madagascar, backlash is still more common than tolerance or respect.
Au Togo, homosexualité et justice ne collent pas
LOME, Togo — Pour les personnes LGBT, des barrières d’accès à la justice sont renforcées par le regard de la société, qui ne tolère pas l’homosexualité et les pratiques y afférentes.
For Togo’s LGBTQ community, justice remains just out of reach
LOME, Togo –LGBTQ people face numerous barriers to accessing justice in Togo, including the fear of being jailed if their sexual orientation or gender identity is made public.
In Sierra Leone, human rights defenders stay silent on LGBTQ discrimination
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (RNS) Human rights campaigners in the West African nation are cherry-picking which rights they defend on the basis of religion, culture, and tradition, leaving LGBTQ communities vulnerable.
LGBTQI+ South Africans struggle to fund higher education
CAPE TOWN — Amid social and religious discrimination, sexual and gender minorities are often shunned by traditional support networks and struggle to access higher education.
Sex workers balance risk and reward in Lesotho
MASERU, Lesotho — Following a recent police raid and facing serious legal and health risks, sex work provides financial reward and opportunity to some women in this Southern African nation.
In Mauritius, transgender women fight prejudice and find themselves
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Fear of losing one’s job or being ridiculed by friends and family often pushes transgender people to hide their feelings and identities on the African island nation.
Gay and lesbian Nigerians seeking deliverance find mental health anguish instead
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.