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Fighting for LGBT Rights in Nigeria



Not a week goes by without a news report detailing yet another vicious attack on members of Africa’s LGBT population. These hate crimes are not confined to just a few African countries but can be found across the continent, even in progressive South Africa. Although in 2006 South Africa became the first, and to this day the only, African nation to legalise samesex marriage, so-called “corrective” rapes have become prevalent.

Rapes and other violent crimes are not uncommon in South Africa. However, “corrective” rapes specifically target lesbians, in an attempt to change their sexuality; the attackers believe victims will be “fixed” by the rape and become straight. Gangs of men usually commit these crimes and often transmit Aids and other diseases. Lesbians who live in Johannesburg’s affluent Sandton neighborhood will have a drastically different experience from those who inhabit one of Cape Town’s townships. Lesbians in poorer South African townships bear the brunt of these assaults and then are left to fend for themselves due to the lack of police – or the prejudice they face when reporting their injuries.

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