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Constitutional Court Dismisses the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda

On 1 August 2014, the Uganda constitutional court dismissed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which had caused controversy both in Uganda and across the world.   The court ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was null and void, citing procedural irregularities during its passage and asserting the vote cast on the Bill in Parliament technically lacked the necessary quorum to have …

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The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda

The Ugandan parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law on 14 February 2014. The Bill criminalised any sexual acts and relations between people of the same sex. The maximum sentence for such offences would be the death penalty or life imprisonment. In the few years leading to the signing of the Bill into law, although the language used …

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Non-Binary Street Performance by Neo Masinga in Nairobi, Kenya

June 2013 – Neo Musangi, a Kenyan non-binary artist and activist, performed publicly in front of the building of the Kenia National Archives. The aim of the performance was intended to dismantle the gender binary and create awareness about non-binary identities. In a street performance, as citizens looked on, Neo Musangi took the audience through …

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Anti-Homosexuality Bill draft introduced to parliament, Uganda

On 14 October 2009 the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced to parliament in Uganda, sparking international outrage and condemnation. The bill sought to further criminalize homosexuality in the country, imposing life imprisonment for those found guilty of engaging in homosexual acts, as well as imposing harsh penalties for those who failed to report known homosexuals to …

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ILGA Establishes an Affiliate Pan African Organisation, South Africa

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) hosted a conference in Johannesburg with the aim of establishing an organisation affiliated with them on the African continent – a Pan Africa ILGA (PAI). The African caucus had to determine the ILGA-Africa constitution and one of the decisions was to establish the Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) board, …

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1950s to late 1970’s – Carnivals:A Safe Space For Travestis, Crossdressers And Queer Performers In Mozambique 

While cross-dressing, queerness, homosexuality, and all forms of LGBTIQ+ identities as known today were not widely accepted in day-to-day life in Mozambique, during the 1950s through the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the annual Carnival, which had been taking place from the 1950s, provided an opportunity for [male] femininity, cross-dressing, and queer performances.  There was no …

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