Persecution of Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex and allied is intensifying across the world especially in Africa, fueled by fundamentalist preachers, intolerant governments and homophobic politicians. LGBT people have been denied access to health care, detained, tortured and even killed, human rights activists and witnesses say.
The growing tide of homophobia comes at a time when LGBT across the world are expressing themselves more openly, prompting greater media attention and debates about homosexuality. The rapid growth of Islam and evangelical forms of Christianity, both espousing conservative views on family values and marriage, have persuaded many developing countries that homosexuality should not be tolerated in their societies.
“It has never been harder for gays and lesbians on the continent,” said Monica Mbaru, Africa coordinator for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, based in Cape Town. “Homophobia is on the rise.” Fearing for their lives, many activists are in hiding or have fled their countries.
In many countries, especially in Africa, new laws would impose the death penalty for repeated same-sex relations and life imprisonment for other homosexual acts. Local newspapers are outing gays, potentially inciting the public to attack them. The American Gays and Lesbians Foundation was established in June 2015 by community organizations working to promote Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex and allied health and well-being around the world. The American Gays and Lesbians Foundation’ activists are here to help, to fundraise money and help LGBT communities across the World and especially in Africa and other poor countries.
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