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For immediate release: African Queer Youth Initiative statement on the situation in Tanzania

November 6, 2018 For Immediate Release  African Queer Youth Initiative statement on the situation in Tanzania African Queen Youth Initiative (AQYI) is deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the current conditions in the LGBTIQ community in Tanzania. On the 29th of October, Paul Makonda, regional commissioner for Dar es Salaam, announced a crackdown on…
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#ComingOutStories 4: An extended coming out

“Coming Out”, in the sense of making a grand announcement about my life feels distant to me now. I remember calling each of my close friends, about 10 years ago, to tell them I was crushing on a girl from school. Group chats didn’t exist then. It was not nerve-racking for me. Each of my…
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#ComingOutStories 3: We are all humans, sexuality does not count

My coming out story is one of the thing that gives me joy, though it was not as easy as it may sound. I found out who I was at the age of six; that was the first time I had a crush on a beautiful women.. Funny as it may sound. I grew up…
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#ComingOutStories 2: Lollitah and self acceptance

I am Lollitah… Having been brought up in a strict Christian background I have always refuted me being Queer to my parents, my peers and even to myself…

#ComingOutStories 1: “Some call it coming out, I call it self-affirmation”

“He looks good, she isn’t bad either” … The little straight nose, red smiling lips, wide gleaming eyes, straight hair; expressions of awe, mischief, startled… Like the slipping sands in one’s hand, memories of childhood fade with the passing time.

Politics and LGBTQ people of Morocco: When politically sponsored hate-speech threatens Moroccan’s sexual and gender minorities.

Is it the trend in Morocco for LGBTQ+ people to be the punching bag of politicians? Last year, after the scandalous statement made by the Moroccan Human Rights Minister, Dr. Mustapha Ramid in 2017 tagging LGBTQ+ people as “scums” in a response to a journalist’s question; former Prime Minister of Morocco, Abdelilah Benkirane has recently…
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Mauritius: A quagmire between increased acceptance of LGBTQ people and homophobia

Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network published its No. 225 bulletin on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in its 3rd publication for Mauritius. The two previous ones were in 2012 and 2014. Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has taken pride in promoting its development based on democracy, good governance, human rights and…
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