• Morocco Asks: ‘Should We Burn Gays?’

    Maroc Hebdo, a Moroccan magazine, has recalled the issue which provocatively questioned if gay Moroccans should be burned as a punishment for being LGBTQ. Initially published last week, the cover title and question – “Should We Burn Gays?” – caused a strong reaction from the public, prompting the magazine’s...
  • Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation

    In one of the final acts of his administration, Nigeria’s outgoing president officially outlawed one of the most detrimental human rights abuses committed against women and other female assigned at birth people. In a move human rights activists have called “hugely important,” departing President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law...
  • Nigerian Military Guilty of Rampant Violence, According to Amnesty International Report

    Following the release a damning report by Amnesty International, several of the Nigerian military’s highest ranking officials are being called to face war crimes inquiries. On June 3, Amnesty International released Stars on Their Shoulders. Blood on Their Hands: War Crimes Committed by the Nigerian Military, a report about...
  • The Gambia’s President Said Something Awful, Even For Him

    The Gambia’s violent and virulently homophobic dictator made some of his most disturbing anti-LGBTQ comments to date last week. During a speech in before a sizable crowd in the country’s North Bank Region, President Yahya Jammeh threatened to kill any man suspected of same-gender relations. “If you do it...
  • Nigerian Military Rescues 300 Women And Girls From Boko Haram

    Nigeria’s military announced Tuesday that an operation against Boko Haram insurgents lead to the rescue of close to 300 women and girls from the terrorist stronghold. “Troops have this afternoon captured and destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa Forest and rescued 200 girls and 93 women,” conveyed...
  • Controversial Nigerian Bishop Named Head Of Anglican Church

    A Nigerian bishop has been named head of the global Anglican church amid controversy surrounding homophobic stances he’s held in the past. On April 2, the Anglican Communion News announced that Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon had been appointed the next Secretary General of the 85 million member Anglican Communion. Dr....
  • Nigeria’s Anti-LGBTQ President Voted Out, But Will His Successor Be Any Better For LGBTQ Nigerians?

    The five year reign of Nigeria’s notoriously homophobic and violent President Goodluck Jonathan will end when his predecessor is sworn in next month. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that LGBTQ Nigerians can breathe a sigh of relief. In last week’s Nigerian election, Muhammadu Bahari edged out incumbent Goodluck Jonathan...
  • Nigerian Lesbian Activist Denied Asylum Because Of Past Straight Marriage

    Nigerian LGBTQ rights activist Aderonke Apata is battling both religious persecution in her home country and homophobic discrimination in her new country as she seeks asylum in the UK. On March 3, protesters from around the world gathered outside London’s High Court to support Apata as she challenged the...
  • Egypt: Will Economic Growth Encourage Growth of LGBTQ Rights?

    The brand new Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBT Persons may soon be turning his attention to northern Africa where the upcoming Egypt Economic Development Conference is scheduled to begin. The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, who appointed the LGBT Special Envoy, will be attending the...