Realities and Rights of Gender Non-Conforming People and People Who Engage in Same-Sex Sexual Relations in Africa
Coalition of African Lesbians & African Men for Sexual Health and Rights
A civil society report
Today, we face a major human rights crisis globally, and particularly in Africa, and one that is largely not recognised by governments. People who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, or who engage in same-sex sexual relations (regardless of how they identify), or who are gender non-conforming, including people who identify and express as transgender and transdiverse, as well as intersex individuals live in fear and face violence perpetrated by both state and non-state actors on an everyday basis. This violence takes the form of torture, murder, rape, stigma and discrimination.
This report is the result of a collective effort by North, West, East, Central and Southern African organisations and coalitions. The information presented here was obtained through interviews, questionnaires completed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transdiverse/transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights defenders and organisations, and documentation collected and collated since December 2011. The report highlights a range of rights violations and proposes measures that both governments and the United Nations can and should take to address violations of the rights of LGBTI individuals in Africa, and to ensure the protection and fulfilment of their human rights.Download PDF