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Rwanda is home to approximately 10.1 million people, one of the densest population in continental Africa. Most people engage in subsistence agriculture. It's a verdant country of fertile and hilly terrain. The country has received considerable international attention due to its 1994 genocide, in which over one million people were killed. In 2008, Rwanda became the first country in history to elect a national legislature in which a majority of members are women. There is no mention of homosexuality in the statutes of Rwanda since homosexuals ‘don’t exist’ and have no legal standing. But laws are loosely interpreted by those in power, and anyone can be detained for an indefinite time without specific charges and LGBT people are harassed and persecuted. Some gay activists have to live outside the country.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame doesn’t want to have the same trouble as his neighbors Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda when it comes to the LGBT community. Some of Rwanda’s neighboring countries have passed anti-gay laws and harassed their queer communities, resulting in criticism from around the world. “It hasn’t been our problem,” Kagame said before an… Read more »
If they’re seeking sanctuary in Uganda, just imagine what they must be running from. Kampala, Uganda — With one of the world’s most infamous anti-gay laws, Uganda seems like the last place on Earth an LGBTI person would go seeking safety. But almost 100 LGBTI refugees have sought help from an NGO in Uganda’s capital… Read more »
Palm Springs, Calif. – “Hi, my name is James.” He looks like your typical tourist in the desert oasis that is Palm Springs, Calif., wearing white walking shorts and a casual shirt in a green-and-white plaid. No socks, no belt. No pretense. He flashes a friendly smile and extends his right hand, giving a warm… Read more »
Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website 1 The Human Rights Status of LGB in East Africa 2009-2010 7/11 2 Rwanda Leads East Africa on the Progress of LGBTI Human Rights 8/11 21 July 2011 – MSM Global Forum 1 The Human Rights Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual in East Africa 2009-2010 by Andiah… Read more »
Also see: Behind the Mask LGBT African website Gay Rwanda: Horizon Community Association of Rwanda (HOCA) reports 1 The tough life of being a transvestite in gay-hating Rwanda 9/03 2 Rwandan gay and lesbian people are short 6/05 2a New Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Conduct Proposed in Rwanda 1/07 3 Africa, Offline: Waiting for the Web… Read more »
Gay Rwanda: Horizon Community Association of Rwanda (HOCA) reports Also see: Gay Rwanda 2005 story Gay Rwanda 2008 story Behind the Mask LGBT African website Rwanda News & Reports 1 Horizon Community Association of Rwanda HOCA Rwanda : Background and Activities (2007) 2 In Defense of Rwandan Homosexuals–Letter to editor of Kigali New Times newspaper… Read more »