The Tanzanian government distanced itself from Makonda's latest anti-gay witch-hunt a full five days after it made headlines in local media, by stating that his planned crackdown "is not part of official policy". Homosexuality is illegal in 34 African countries and a crime punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, Northern Nigeria and Southern Somalia. African leaders often cite culture and Christianity as reasons for outlawing homosexuality. Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has also made his rejection of the LGBTI community public by saying , "We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.
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Why do so many gay and bisexual men die from suicide?
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. Researchers now estimate that suicide kills more gay and bisexual men than AIDS. Despite this well-documented inequity, there are no targeted suicide prevention programs in Canada. Gay and bisexual men are rarely mentioned in mental health policies.
Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora
Dozens of gay rights activists and allies marched, chanted and danced in the small parade, many waving rainbow flags and wearing colorful masks to conceal their identities. That sentence is a step down from a recently scrapped bill that called for life imprisonment for homosexuality. Pride Uganda coordinators Apako Williams and Jay Mulucha are among the few transgender men living openly in Uganda, despite frequent threats of violence and discrimination. Mulucha attended inaugural Pride Uganda festival in , which was marred by a police raid and the arrests of more than a dozen gay rights activists. The youngest of 20 brothers and sisters, Badru was thrown out of his home because his family discovered he was gay.