First West Africa LGBT-inclusive religious gathering takes place

By : Bunmi Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Thirty people from across West Africa attended a first-of-its-kind LGBT-friendly interfaith gathering last month in Ghana. (Photo courtesy of Davis Mac-Iyalla)

An LGBT-inclusive African faith network held its first event late last month.

More than 30 delegates from 10 West African countries gathered in Ghana from Aug. 24-28 for the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa’s first-ever interfath diversity event, which was themed “Building Bridges, Sharing Stories, Creating Hope.”

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Gambian activists cheer exit of anti-LGBTQ leader

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP)- In August 2014, Jamu Camara was at home with her girlfriend in the Gambian resort town of Kololi when police arrived for a surprise raid, taking both women in for questioning.

“They just said they heard we are lesbians, blah blah blah,” the 21-year-old soccer player recalled. “I told them, ‘You have no right to detain me here. I’m not going to say anything because you don’t have your evidence.'”

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No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP)- After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power.

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US condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Nov. 24 condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some gay acts.

In a statement, Director of Press Relations Jeff Rathke said the State Department was also concerned about reports of recent arrests targeting at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and nine women accused of committing gay acts.

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Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some gay acts, officials said Sept. 8, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders.

The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality,” minority leader Samba Jallow said. That is a charge leveled at repeat offenders and people living with HIV/AIDS.

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