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EY is committed to diversity and equity.
Nations all over the world are
observing a day of solidarity with
gays and lesbians today. But few
African countries are celebrating the
International Day Against Homopho-
bia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In
fact, state-sanctioned homophobia is
on the rise across much of Africa with
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh
recently stating that he would per-
sonally slit the throat of a man who
wants to marry another.
The spirit of anti-homophobia day
is not widely embraced on the African
Kenya s deputy president, William
Ruto, recently told worshippers at a
church service in Nairobi that there
was "no room for homosexuality" in
Speaking at the Jesus Winner Min-
istry Church, which is popular with
Kenyan politicians, Ruto said that
homosexuality "violates our religious
and cultural beliefs."
But it does violate constitutionally
protected minority rights, according
to Njery Gateru, a lawyer with the
National Gay and Lesbian Human
Righs Commission of Kenya.
She is nonetheless encouraged by a
Kenyan High Court ruling that ordered
the government last month to register
a gay rights group. The government
had refused to register the NGO on
moral grounds. The court ruled that
the Kenyan constitution not only
recognised the rights of minorities but
also banned limited rights on moral
"It has had a huge impact," said
Gateru. "The judgment is such a good
precedent for other cases that we
intend to launch in court, including a
suit that will ask for the decriminal-
isation of homosexuality in Kenya."
The landmark ruling in effect means
that LGBT rights, like other minority
rights, are enshrined in Kenya s con-
"The judgment makes a very pow-
erful point that precisely because LGBT
people are an unpopular and vulnerable
minority that the constitution needs
to protect them," said Graeme Reid,
director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Rights Programme at
Human Rights Watch.
"It s a core principle of the consti-
tutional values of Kenya."
But homophobia remains rampant
in the east African nation.
The homophobia in the central
African nation of Cameroon has been
even more virulent. One gay rights
activist, Eric Ohena Lembembe, was
tortured and killed in 2013. And another
man, Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, was
sentenced to jail for three years in 2012
for sending a text message to another
man saying, "I m very much in love
The situation there has been aggra-
vated by religious leaders who have
virulently denounced homosexuality.
Archbishop Simon Victor Tonye Bakot,
archbishop of Yaoundé from 2003 to
2013, has equated gay marriage to a
crime against humanity.
In many other African countries the
future of gay rights appear bleak.
In Uganda ruling party MPs remain
eager to pass a bill that would clamp
down even further on homosexuality,
which is already illegal.
Joel Ssepuya, a gay man who has
obtained refugee status in France, is
appalled by the homophobia in his
country, which he has had to flee after
being arrested by the police, discrim-
inated against at his workplace and
stigmatised by his family.
"I was rejected by my family because
of who I am, because of my sexuality,"
he said in an interview.
"Some people wanted to stone me
Although homophobic African lead-
ers often present homosexuality as un-
African, historians and activists have
argued that it is homophobia that is
Same-sex relations at the court of
Kabaka (king) Mwanga II---before the
arrival of British colonisers---are well-
documented and have long been dis-
cussed by historians.
According to historian Henri Médard,
author of a book on the Buganda king-
dom in the 19th century, in what is
now southern Uganda, it was not
uncommon for African kings to break
cultural taboos like same-sex relations
to assert their absolute power. (RFI)
A brave Marine
hoists the rainbow
flag proudly at a
US military base
abuse of gays
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