“Seeking Asylum”: New Web Series Shares LGBT Africa Stories (Produced by None on Record and AfroPop TV)

“But when do we ever hear from queer Muslims themselves, about their everyday lives, about their hardships and triumphs, their families and lovers–or, simply, what keeps them centered, devout, inspired?” Do you identify as a Muslim, queer/trans woman of color? Submit your story!

“My first encounter with a gay Ethiopian didn’t come with a big a-ha moment. Yet, as I look back at my journey to more proactive alliance and advocacy of LGBT Africans, it’s clear that this moment was the catalyst that brought about the stepping stones that led me to this point.

As the strapless lilac dress found its awkward place on my body, the delicate layer of my personal confidence dropped mercilessly to the floor… “You only compliment me when I’m wearing clothes I don’t want to wear,” I complained, “I don’t feel pretty. I feel stupid.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott Lively, on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a LGBT advocacy group in Uganda. The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the formulation of anti-gay legislation and policies aimed at revoking fundamental right from LGBT persons constitutes persecution.