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Being Gay in Africa

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

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If you want to be out and proud then Africa is not most inviting of places. Homosexual acts are illegal in numerous countries on the continent and in recent years many African leaders have been increasing the anti-gay rhetoric. In Uganda a proposed anti-gay law continues to be discussed which includes life imprisonment for gays.

Ian Swartz founded a gay rights organization in Namibia and he discusses the rights and wrongs on the continent with Scott Long from Human Rights Watch. Both have travelled extensively in the continent and talk from personal experience of the difficulties people face there.

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