N.Y. Times: Pro-gay U.S. makes life worse for gay Africans

Hmm, I am not 100% convinced that our efforts to address homophobia and transphobia in Africa have universally made things worse. In particular the role of anti-LGBTQ pastors and other religious figures in stirring up bigotry is not addressed well by the New York Times article.


Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (Photo courtesy of TheNet.ng) Then Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan signed Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act. (Photo courtesy of TheNet.ng)

A New York Times article today makes the argument that the United States, through its public support of the human rights of LGBTI people in Africa, has produced a backlash that led to intensified anti-LGBTI repression.

The article focuses primarily on Nigeria before and after the enactment of its inadequately named “Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act” in early 2014, stating that “the final passage of the 2014 law against homosexuality — which made same-sex relationships punishable by 14 years in prison and made it a crime to organize or participate in any type of gay meeting — is widely regarded by both supporters and opponents of gay rights as a reaction to American pressure on Nigeria and other African nations to embrace gay rights.”

The article mentions, but does not explore, the U.S. role in Uganda…

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