Ghanaian activist defends gay community against charges of “recruiting”

Mac-Darling Cobbinah

Mac-Darling Cobbinah a Ghanaian HIV activist and human rights defender last week attacked as “misleading” the methodology of a 2011 study of MSM in Ghana which accused gay men of recruiting heterosexual men for sex. In an article entitled “Gays recruiting for MSM study?” which he distributed to activists across Africa, Cobbinah said the authors […]

Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria

The Queer African Youth Networking Center (QAYN) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. While there is a general awareness among human rights activists, particularly women’s rights activists, sexual rights and LGBTQQ activists and […]

African lesbians launch West African LGBT human rights defenders project

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), launched its LGBT Human Rights Defenders, HRD project in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday August 26, 2011. Participants in the HRD workshop, which was held in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights, TIER, a Nigerian-based LGBT human rights organization, attended the launch alongside some members of the Lagos LGBT […]

African homophobia is rooted in pre-existing prejudice

Like those of you living in the UK and reading this, I’ve been reading the press and watching the TV news analysis of last week’s violence. There are too many simplistic opinions about a drama that has complex roots. There is a natural tendency to lay blame where an individual’s prejudice lies. I’ve been searching for the people who are careful in their analysis and their use of words.

NGO steps in to train LGBT advocates in West Africa

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) has taken up the challenge to develop advocacy skills amongst NGOs in the field of LGBT rights across the West African sub-region. TIERs recently issued a call for interested persons willing to develop skills in LGBT rights advocacy and able to work with organizations working to protect the rights […]