African Sexual Minorities & Gender Variant Resources
Homosexuality - Gay - Lesbian - Bisexual - Transgender - Transsexual - Same-Sex Sex
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LiberianOnline Forum (2006): Isn't it amazing how many homosexuals are now in the Liberian community? I mean a few years back you could count on your hand the number of homosexuals,.......now if you throw a rock you're bound to hit one. And now there's this "down low" thing? Please do not use this forum for "bashing", I just want your insight on why the increase. And what factors attributed to it. And please no profanity! - Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Liberia. The penalty is a fine.
No nation for gays (2004):
Today is National Day in Liberia. The war torn West African country is
engaged in a process of reconstruction and resettlement but same-sex
issues are not yet on the agenda and perhaps need to be. There is
conflicting information available on the Internet when it comes to
homosexuality in Liberia. Some sources claim that homosexuality is
legal - others that it is not. Our best information suggests that
homosexuality is illegal and that Liberian society, as with many
societies in Africa sees homosexuality as a social taboo. - Bank executive accused of sexual harassment by his junior employees (2005):
Two of the employees informed this paper that they have previously
worked with this homosexual bank executive at a certain popular banking
institution in Monrovia, where he is believed to have lured some young
men with his homosexual activities. They disclosed that the bank
executive is usually in the habit of hiring unqualified young men or
giving promotion to those whom he has sodomized.
Liberia still backwards in gay rights (2003). Just
walk a mile in the shoes of a gay Liberian. It's bad enough that
Liberians must hide their political orientations for fear of torture
and beatings. It's worse still that some Liberians must also hide their
sexual orientations for fear of ostracism, ridicule and possibly
imprisonment. Yet even with the looming threat of punishment there is
an underground gay society in the country's cities. Bravely, the hidden
denizens of this underground community satisfy the sexual desires that
could land them in jail... - Homosexuality and the Episcopal Church. - A guide to Liberian cultural and social norms (2004, PDF Download):
Homosexuality is both illegal and considered ‘non-existent’ in Liberia.
A person involved in a homosexual relationship may be shunned for
bringing shame to their family and community.
The Liberal Voice, The Anglican Church in Southern Africa (2007):
They were of one mind in their desire to dialogue and facilitate such
dialogue and listening among all their members. The bishops were
particularly determined to ensure that members of both homosexual and
heterosexual orientation (and practice) were included in such dialogue.
They were of one mind in their belief that this is how Jesus would want
them to handle this divisive, emotive, and as yet unresolved issue. - A Global Church Does Not Accept Homosexuality, Kulah Says (2000):
Numerous challenges have bombarded the church over the years, but the
issue of homosexuality is one of the “threatening challenges” facing
the denomination today, said Liberian Bishop Arthur Kulah (left),
preaching to the 2000 General Conference on May 3. Threatening
challenges surface when the authority given to the church by Christ is
abused, he said... If the United Methodist Church is to be global
church, it must continue its stance, he said. Both the Old and New
Testaments condemn the practice of homosexuality, he said. "In fact, it
was one of the consequences for the destruction of Sodom. May we not
suffer the wrath of God because of the quest to satisfy unpleasant
desires that contrive the loving purpose of God for his church." "It is
against the background of such biblical imperatives that we, the global
United Methodist Church, do not condone the practice of homosexuality
and consider it incompatible with Christian teaching." He asked the
denomination to adhere to its rule that self-avowed practicing
homosexuals not be accepted as candidates for ministry nor appointed to
serve in the United Methodist Church. "For to do so is to contravene
the very faith we proclaim. For we cannot afford to ruin the hearts and
lives of the church and hence the world by engaging in practices not
even easily mentioned among believers,” he said... - Un évêque anglican contre le mariage homosexuel au Libéria N/A.
Resources: - Behind the Mask - A Web Site on Gay and Lesbian Affairs in Africa. - Africa by Country: Liberia. Liberia Archive. - African Veil: Countries Covered: Liberia. - Queer afrol. - Afrol News; Gay/Lesbian Archives. - theGully.com news & Articles: Africa.Global Gayz: Africa: Liberia News Reports From 2008 to the Present. - ILGA: Africa: Liberia. - LGBT rights in Liberia. - Sodomy Laws: Liberia. - Human Rights Watch: Use Search Function. - Amnesty International: Use Search Function. - Pink News: Europe's Largest Gay News Service: Africa. - AsylumLaw.Org: Sexual Minorities & HIV Status: Documents / Reports / Website Links / Organizations. Liberia Individual Documents Since 2000. - Links to News Sources for GLBT World. MSMGF News Articles & Documents Resources. By Region & Country: - Sub-Saharan Africa: - Liberia.
SIERRA LEONE - SLLAGA addresses the united national human rights commission session in Geneva (2005, Alternate Link): Hudosn Tucker is in Geneva doing a course in human rights law and advocacy with, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva. He is the successor to Fanny Ann Eddy who was the coordinator of Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association (SLLAGA). Hudson took over Fanny Ann’s position after she was brutally murdered in the SLLAGA offices in Freetown, on 29 September 2004. Fanny Ann made a submission to the United Nation (UN) in March 2004 about the issues facing the LGBTI people in Sierra Leone. Hudson is now pushing the same mission that was left by Miss Eddy. Despite the efforts by some states to dismiss LGBTI issues in Sierra Leone the struggle continues. This is what Hudson had to say to the delegates in Geneva...
The LGBT community mourns the death of Fanny Ann
(2004): It is with great pain that we share with you the news of the
brutal murder of Fanny Ann Eddy. Fanny Ann was attacked in the offices
of SLLAGA, the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association, which she
founded and directed, on the night of Wednesday September 29th.
Assailants forced their way into the offices were Fanny Ann was working
alone that night. According to early reports she was raped and had her
neck broken.. - Sierra Leone gay activist killed (2004). - Lesbian activist's killer escapes (2005).
- Silence creates vulnerability. You, members of the Commission on Human Rights, can break the silence. - Sierra Leone lesbian activist murder "not a hate crime" (2005): According to
the conclusions of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sierra
Leone Police Force, FannyAnn Eddy was not the victim of a hate crime
against sexual minorities, as originally feared. The police also deny
earlier reports of alleged sexual violence committed against the gay
rights activist. - Sierra Leone: Update - Alleged Fannyann Eddy Murderer Reportedly Escapes Police Detention in Sierra Leone (2005).
Non-discrimination in recruitment process of ACC (2004): The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a press release issued last Thursday stated that in a bid to attract competent and qualified staff, they operate a transparent recruitment policy, which even forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Sierra Leoneans (2007, Alternate Link):
Leone is emerging from a civil war which tore the country apart.
Violent crime remains high, and the police force and judicial system
barely function in most of the country. In this conflict-ridden
environment, Sierra Leone’s lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) people are very much at risk, facing violence, harassment, and
discrimination, with police often refusing to investigate crimes
against LGBT people. Founded in 2002, Dignity Association works to end
discrimination by the government, police, medical system and schools.
The group also provides psychological and medical support to a fearful
and underground LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)
community.Working in Sierra Leone’s deeply conservative and traditional
society, Dignity faces constant set-backs and barriers.
Sierra Leone Country of Origin Information (COI) Report
(2010): “In Sierra Leone, the government and society prefer to deny the
existence of lesbians and gay men. One consequence of this denial is
that LGBT people don’t have access to life saving information on and
health care for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections
U.S. balks at gay man’s asylum request
(2009): A gay man from the African nation of Sierra Leone is contesting
a preliminary U.S. immigration decision to deny his request for
political asylum. Federal officials say the man... failed to provide sufficient evidence
that he would be subjected to arrest, torture and possibly death if
forced to return to his home country. But [he] says he was
outed as gay last year in Sierra Leone, prompting members of his family
to threaten to have him killed should he return to the capital city of
Freetown, where he was born and raised...
Consultant MSM Study (2011, Alternate Link):
Dignity Association in collaboration with the National AIDs secretariat
are looking for a consultant from west Africa to conduct a study on the
MSM situation with regards to HIV/AIDs in Sierra Leone.
Resources: - Behind the Mask - A Web Site on Gay and Lesbian Affairs in Africa. - Africa by Country: Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone Archive. - African Veil: Countries Covered: Sierra Leone. - Queer afrol. - Afrol News; Gay/Lesbian Archives. - theGully.com news & Articles: Africa.Global Gayz: Africa: Sierra Leone News Reports From 2004 to the Present. - ILGA: Africa: Sierra Leone. - LGBT rights in Sierra Leone. - Sodomy Laws. - Human Rights Watch: Use Search Function. - Amnesty International: Use Search Function. - Pink News: Europe's Largest Gay News Service: Africa. - AsylumLaw.Org: Sexual Minorities & HIV Status: Documents / Reports / Website Links / Organizations. - Sierra Leone Individual Documens since 2005. - Links to News Sources for GLBT World.
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