LGBTI Catholics in West Africa seek compassion, change

Reporting on LGBTQIA Catholics in Nigeriamy Ghana, Togo and Benin…

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Anglo-Nigeria LGBTI activist Davis Mac-Iyalla discussed the harsh conditions in Nigeria and his work in West Africa in general during a visit on Aug. 30 to St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in West Hollywood, California. (Colin Stewart photo) Anglo-Nigeria LGBTI activist Davis Mac-Iyalla discussed the harsh conditions in Nigeria and his work in West Africa in general during a visit on Aug. 30 to St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in West Hollywood, California. (Colin Stewart photo)

Many LGBTI Catholics in West Africa remain faithful to the church, despite exclusion, homophobia and discrimination, Anglo-Nigerian gay activist Davis Mac-Iyalla reported after a fact-finding trip there. But the church has driven out some of its LGBTI flock, and all of them ask the church to treat them in a more Christian manner.

West Africa (Map courtesy of Wikipedia) West Africa (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Currently touring California, Mac-Iyalla traveled to West Africa in March on a trip sponsored by the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups.

Below are excerpts from his report, courtesy of the Washington Blade, with the addition of subheads and italic descriptions of each country’s law on same-sex relations:

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