Proved: Lesbians, gays, straights can be friends in Cameroon

Yes, LGBTQ people and straight and/or cis people can be friends!


Rassemblement autour de la banderole de promotion des événements du 14 novembre 2015. (Photo d'AVAF) Supporters gather around a banner advertising the events of Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo courtesy of AVAF)

A homophobic neighborhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon was the site of a shock action on Nov. 14 that demonstrated the resilience of the LGBTI community and the ease with which gay and straight Cameroonians can interact peacefully.

The event, called “Homosexual Visibility in Homophobic Neighborhoods,” was organized by AVAF (the Association for the Promotion of Women) to celebrate the successes of its first year in existence.

Members of the organization had long planned this day to mobilize people specifically against lesbophobia. The event was made possible by financial support from the XminY association, a new partner of AVAF based in the Netherlands.

On Nov. 14, AVAF hosted about 40 heterosexual Cameroonians, more than 100 lesbians and 15 gay men for three activities:

  • L’équipe de football de l’AVAF. (Photo de l'AVAF) The AVAF football (soccer) team. (Photo courtesy of AVAF)

    A football (soccer) match…

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