Stories: Lgbt Rights

  • ‘I Don’t Go Out During the Day’: Inside Senegal’s LGBT Crackdown

    DAKAR, Senegal—Watching as dusk falls on the dusty streets of this city, Marie, a 27-year-old trans woman, explains that she only leaves her house after sunset. “I don’t go out during the day,” she says, flicking back her long red hair. “Only at night. I don’t even want to open my...

  • Kissing On The Dancefloor of Horoom

    The beats pulsing from techno music force the walls to shudder as smoky air dances through green support beams in the underground space. Dim stars seemingly sway across that dark dancefloor, but these are the cigarettes. Everyone is smoking. This is Horoom, a secret underground queer rave in Tbilisi, a city that is known for its homophobia. It is a...

  • ‘I remember fleeing for my life.’ An LGBTQ Activist Faces the Violent Global Traditionalist Movement

    While the United States saw mostly-peaceful Pride rallies in recent days, activists in other countries have marched under the threat of imminent violence. From Russia to the former Soviet state of Georgia to the US, a frightening anti-gay movement is afoot. Istanbul-based journalist Pesha Magid was in Georgia to cover a march in the capital city. ...

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  • From fighting AIDS to demanding rights: LGBT activism in Senegal

    Listen to the full story on RFI.   Senegal is one of Africa’s success stories when it comes to fighting HIV and AIDS: less than one per cent of the population is infected today. As part of the public health effort, officials recognized the need to reach out to those most at risk of passing on the...

  • A Carnaval of Resistance

    In Rio, locals joke that Carnaval starts one day earlier every year. On a weekend in mid-January, a full month before the five-day event’s official kick-off on Feb. 24, hundreds of people wearing costumes and shimmery face-paint crammed into Flamengo Park to see performances by samba street bands known as blocos (“blocks”), the key element of Brazil...

  • Why Vodou and lesbians get along

    When Marjorie Lafontant wants to reach the LGBT community, she grabs a megaphone and heads to a peristyle, a Voodoo temple. The leader of Haiti’s first lesbian rights organization starts her outreach efforts with the Voodoo world because, in her view, peristyles are the last safe spaces left in her home country of Haiti. We’re sitting...

  • A Transgender Woman in Aceh, Indonesia, Gathers Strength as New Anti-Gay Sex Laws Roll Out

    New regulations in Aceh now punish gay sex with fines, jail time, even canings. It’s the latest phase in a gradual rollout of Sharia laws that also prohibit unmarried men and women from riding on a moped together, or holding hands in public. Gambling is not allowed either, and all Muslim women must wear the traditional head covering...

  • God’s Oligarch

    If being the subject of international sanctions is causing Konstantin Malofeev any stress, he’s not showing it. “The sanctions are a very stupid instrument that only Obama and his administration could believe will have any impact. It has not damaged my business,” he says. The 40-year-old multimillionaire, though, does allow that the sanctions have “had...