Homosexuality is illegal in the majority of Africa with the only country with legalized same sex marriage being South Africa. Being an LGBTQ person can get you arrested or even killed.
With South Africa being the only country in Africa with legalized marriage and protections for LGBTQ individuals, it's probably the best country in Africa for a LGBTQ community.
...and the bad.
Mauritania, Somalia, and Sudan imprison and carry out the death penalty for those who are LGBTQ, making them the worst on the continent.
Figureheads for the LGBTQ Community
Pepe Julian Onziema at the 26th Annual GLAAD Awards
Pepe Julian Onziema
Pepe is a transgender LGBTQ rights activist from Uganda who was named a Global Citizen by the Clinton Global Initiative. He was also selected by Stonewall as Hero of the Year in 2014 and had an interview with John Oliver on the television show Last Week Tonight
Picture of Ashok Row Kavi
Ashok Row Kavi is an openly gay man, LGBTQ activist, and journalist from India, where homosexuality is illegal. He is a huge advocate for curing and reducing aids as well.
Nikki Sinclaire was the first ever transgender politician to be in the British Parliament, was the MEP of the West Midlands, and created her own party "We Demand a Referendum Now". She associates herself more with politics than the LGBTQ community, but she is still considered a very important person in the progression of LBBTQ rights and representation.
- What can be done to help LGBTQ in other countries?
- What organizations help LGBTQ individuals?
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