Nigeria Escalates Criminalization of its LGBT Community

The essentials: The trial of 47 Nigerian men accused of public displays of affection with people of the same sex began last week. If they are convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The context: Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law in 2014, banning gay relationships in the country. → Read the rest “Nigeria Escalates Criminalization of its LGBT Community”

Uganda’s cynical, dangerous crackdown on its LGBT community

The essentials: Despite a raft of ludicrous denials, it's clear that Ugandan officials are cracking down on the country's LGBT community. Following the raid of a gay-friendly Kampala bar, 67 people are now being charged with public nuisance.

The background: Anti-LGBT rhetoric started heating up a few months back when Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo promised that Uganda's parliament would soon be voting on notorious legislation that would introduce the death penalty for people found guilty of having gay sex. → Read the rest “Uganda’s cynical, dangerous crackdown on its LGBT community”