Honors in U.K. for LGBTI activists from Africa, Asia

LGBTQIA activists from around the world are honored.

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Abbey Kiwanuka, co-director of Out and Proud Diamond Group. (Photo courtesy of The Independent) Abbey Kiwanuka, co-director of Out and Proud Diamond Group. (Photo courtesy of The Independent)

Leaders of the African LGBTI rights organization Out and Proud Diamond Group were honored this week in a British listing of 101 pioneers who are paving the way for LGBTI equality.

Abbey Kiwanuka and Edwin Sesange, directors of OPDG, were two of many advocates on the Rainbow List who have their roots outside the United Kingdom. The list, sponsored by The Independent newspaper, included a focus on people who “fought for recognition from the intersection of different cultures, religions, and identities.”

Here are some of those honorees and their descriptions on the list:

Pakistan native Mawaan Rizwan — Actor, comedian and YouTuber

Rizwan’s sketches have racked up nearly 20 million views on his YouTube channel, which has almost 90,000 subscribers. Last month he hosted the documentary “How Gay is Pakistan?” on BBC3 – which explored…

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