Obama’s gay marriage endorsement not popular in Africa

President Barack Obama’s endorsement for gay marriage has prompted debate in the United States and condemnation in many sub-Saharan African countries, where gay men and women continue to face discrimination, violence and jail time in many countries because of their sexual orientation. The president’s immense popularity on the continent is taking a hit, even in […]

Liberian President clarifies reported remarks on homosexuality and the law

The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has put out a statement clarifying her recent remarks on homosexuality claiming a report this week in a British paper misreported her. The statement released by the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s press secretary, Jerolinmek Matthew Piah, said in full: “We express our deep concern with the article published by […]

Securing a safe place for all Liberians

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently expressed in an interview opposition to LGBT rights — specifically decriminalization — and was vague about support for increased criminal penalties for LGBT people, a shockwave was felt around the world. LGBT Liberians everywhere and all who have great respect for […]

Towards a progressive culture in South Africa

In the last few weeks South African representatives have launched an extraordinary human rights offensive at the United Nations, within the context of a growing global debate about the rights of sexual minorities. European, North American and Latin American states are moving increasingly towards guaranteeing full rights — including same-sex marriage — for sexual minorities […]

Newspaper claims Liberian parliamentarians given money to pass pro-gay law

Behind the Mask reports that a Liberian newspaper, The New Dawn, is claiming that US$4 million has been promised to members of the Legislature to ensure the enactment of a law guaranteeing the rights of gays and lesbians in Liberia. The report filed by reporter, E.J.Nathaniel Daygbor, and published on the newspaper’s website on Monday […]