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5 days ago

Gay Gambia

The emotional Danso threatens to commit suicide because of the way people treat him because of suspecting that he's gay.

According to Danso, he is a very hard working man who wishes to support his family. He gets up at 5am everyday to go to work. just so he can support his young sister who he loves so much and everything he does is because of her and his mother.
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1 week ago

Gay Gambia

Brikama’s Momodou Secka, popularly known as Danso, has become the first Gambian gay to marry his partner.

Congratulations, bro!

Source: Focus On Brikama
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1 week ago

Gay Gambia

A Gambian guy is been posted everywhere on social media suspected that he got married to a guy and started receiving insult from everywhere ...

3 weeks ago

Gay Gambia

The Lagos state police command has paraded about 57 young men suspected to be at the verge of being initiated into a gay 'assembly'.

During the parade, some of the suspects denied being part of the initiation and accused the officers of not being honest with the arrests.

Some of them spoke with NAIJ.com TV.
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4 weeks ago

Gay Gambia

We just created a Facebook group: Gay Gambia group

Please feel free to post anything you want:
Discuss matters, meet others, chit chat, ask questions & get answers... Anything goes (as long as it's LGBTQ+ / Gambia related)

www.facebook.com/groups/293362707916272/
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1 month ago

Gay Gambia

Sanctuary at last for abused gay father and young son

In Uganda, if you have children or not, being gay can get you killed. Four years ago, Matofu* and his son had to flee for their lives.

Father and son sitting on the floor playing Connect 4. Suphi plays Connect 4 with his father in a safe house in Lilongwe, where there are no friends for him to play with. © Gemma Taylor for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance

After a long, harrowing journey for Matofu and ten-year-old Suphi*, the nightmare did not end when they arrived in a refugee camp in Malawi, where they both experienced further violence. It took two years to find sanctuary as asylum seekers through Malawi UNHCR. But without the advocacy efforts of a local organisation, it may never have happened.

Suphi has been raised by his doting dad since his mother died, when he was just three months. “It was hard to bring him up but I am proud,” says Matofu. “People were telling me, ‘you, an African man, you don’t know how to tie a child on your back, everywhere you go you walk with the child. Abandon him and marry another woman who can give you more children’. How could I do that? He is a human being and I am responsible for the life of this child.”

Matofu is concerned with the usual things a parent prioritises, such as wanting Suphi to get a good education, eat well, have friends to play with, and most importantly stay out of harm’s way. All have been difficult for him to obtain. “He’s experienced too much,” says the father.

The toll of homophobia
Matofu himself also experienced too much as a child. When his father started to suspect he was gay, his mother took him across the border to Kenya to stay with maternal family. Years earlier, her husband’s family had killed another of her sons for being gay, and she wanted to protect Matofu from the same fate. Instead, they murdered her when she returned. “My uncles killed her because she hid me,” Matofu says with a deep intake of breath. He was eight.

In 2015, as an adult Matofu returned to Uganda, but was taken hostage by relatives who were deciding whether to call the police or kill him. It was Suphi, then just six, who rescued him. “Suphi stole the key at night when they were sleeping and unlocked me,” Matofu says. “I sneaked out with my son and we just ran.”

When their search for refuge eventually brought them to Malawi, initially it went from bad to worse. At Dzaleka Refugee Camp, they suffered extraordinary homophobic abuses, including dead dogs piled on their doorstep and faeces thrown through the kitchen window onto their cooking. Matofu has been beaten, stabbed and chased by men with machetes.

The camp, run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and partners, has a police station onsite. Matofu reported the attacks, along with friend Didier* who has also experienced extremely violent abuse for being gay. Instead of getting support as victims of crime, the police humiliated and taunted them.

Forced to flee refugee camp
Suphi was also physically attacked on two occasions, for being the child of a gay man. “It haunts me so much,” says Matofu. “He’s done nothing. He doesn’t know why he’s rejected or why people want to torture him. If they want to kill, they better come and slaughter me but leave him, he’s innocent – what’s wrong with them!”

He shows the scar on his son’s ear from when a man chased him and split it open with a metal rod. He also shows the pictures of Suphi being brave while getting it stitched, cuddled tightly by his father. That was Boxing Day 2016. The second attack tipped them over the edge. Tears free-fall from the devastated father’s face as he tells how three men dragged Suphi to a graveyard and drugged him, probably with chloroform. He believes they intended to bury Suphi alive. He and Didier heard Suphi scream before the handkerchief was placed over his face and ran in his direction. Matofu believes he saved his child’s life by minutes. That night he packed a bag and he and Suphi were on the road again.

Malawi safe house
By this point, Matofu and Didier had gained a vital contact, Michael Kaiyatsa, advocacy manager at Malawi’s Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR). Michael has carried out research on the extent of homophobia in Dzaleka, and is working to reduce LGBT-related stigma and discrimination within the camp, through radio shows and training with volunteers and staff. The work is supported by a challenge grant from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Rapid Response Fund.

Knowing that Michael was one of the very few people they could trust, Didier alerted him to Matofu and Suphi’s disappearance. Michael responded quickly and managed to negotiate with Plan Malawi, a UNHCR partner, to find a safe house for all three of them.

Initially they struggled. Although they were relieved to be away from the violence of the camp, they were completely reliant on food being brought to them – and it wasn’t enough. Matofu said he felt like he was being given the choice to “die of violence, or die of starvation”.

Struggling to get refugee status
“Mike was our rescue,” he says. CHRR applied for a second emergency grant from the Alliance’s Rapid Response Fund, which allowed the men to buy food and other essentials, such as clothes, blankets, mosquito nets and lightbulbs.

It was July 2017 and the three had been in Malawi for more than two years, but UNHCR had still not granted them refugee status because there was confusion over their rights, as gay people are criminalised in Malawi. Yet without this status they could not be resettled.

CHRR started advocating hard with UNHCR for Matofu, Didier and Suphi to be recognised as refugees. They also brought books for Suphi and were pushing for him to be enrolled at a nearby school. Suphi had missed months of school, stemming back to while he was still in the camp, pretending to go to school but hiding in the forest because of taunting from other children as well as teachers.

In the safe house all Suphi had was a disintegrating football, a Road Dahl book he had read cover-to-cover, Connect 4, and a card game he didn’t have the rules for. Although he was happy he could now play without being hassled, it was also lonely. “I was just alone,” he says. “There was just that ball of mine, but I was getting tired of it because of playing alone.”

Putting pressure on UNHCR
Finally, in February 2018 Matofu, Suphi and Didier were recognised as refugees. Most likely this would never have happened without the dogged advocacy efforts of Michael and his colleagues, whose probing had stirred up international media interest, putting added pressure on UNHCR to address the situation.

As a result, local and regional UNHCR officers became aware of the details of the case, which was further scrutinised, including taking objective, verified evidence into account. In April 2018, Matofu, Suphi and Didier were relocated to Canada. UNHCR has now lived up to its mandate to "protect refugees… and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country”.

Michael says: “The Rapid Response Fund grant helped us to better understand the situation on the ground and design an appropriate intervention.” CHRR will continue to work with UNHCR, and in partnership with other NGOs working in the camp for the safety of all asylum seekers and refugees.

No longer living in fear
Now that Matofu, Suphi and Didier no longer live in fear, they can concentrate on new hopes and dreams.

However, as Oratile Moseki, the Alliance’s senior human rights advisor says: “People should not have to flee their homes and lives, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But the reality is that many African countries are facing a constitutional crisis where, morality and not law, has been wielded to deny LGBTI rights. As a result, many LGBTI individuals find themselves without recourse to or protection of the law, stripped not only of the right to sexuality, but also of many other ones, including the right to live in a safe and non-threatening environment in a place of one’s choosing. While resettlement can alleviate suffering it in no way excuses a country’s obligation to honour its constitution and rights that exist inherently.”

Matofu says: “Now we’re in Canada and focused on getting a great life and future. Suphi is longing for school, which he’s about to start. He wants to become a doctor. He’s missing football with friends, which I know he’ll get once he starts school.”

As a religious man, Matofu finds it baffling that the bible is often used as a justification for homophobia. “It’s a misinterpretation of the bible,” he says. “I look forward to becoming a missionary, and helping Africa with the gospel of truth and love. Thanks to all that did anything for our freedom. We did it.”
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1 month ago

Gay Gambia

We are free to be who we are”

15 MAY 2018

BY ROHIT SARKAR, SHREYA RAY

By Rohit Sarkar, senior programme officer for sexuality gender and rights at India HIV/AIDS Alliance, and communications consultant Shreya Ray

The Samarth Noida Clinic, situated down a dusty lane in an industrial suburb of Delhi in India, serves not just as an HIV healthcare centre but as a safe haven for men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender and hijra communities.

<p>Service users&nbsp;dress up and relax at the Kalahasti drop-in centre formen who have sex with men.</p>Men who have sex with men at a drop-in centre in India © Jenny Matthews for the Alliance

We're visiting the clinic as part of an HIV prevention workshop hosted by India HIV/AIDS Alliance, which brought together advocates and prevention experts from Alliance Linking Organisations to share best practice on community-led HIV programmes that put people at the centre.

Funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Samarth takes a ‘test-treat-adhere-prevent’ approach, in line with UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets, by offering services that are person-centred and peer-led. People coming to the clinics are offered early HIV tests and immediate linkages to treatment and are also able to access a variety of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, such treatment for sexually transmitted infections and legal support.

In Delhi, the Samarth clinic was established in Noida partly because it was “anonymous, and far enough from the city to maintain a distance [from the areas where the community members live and may face stigma],” says activist Deepak Kumar, the clinic’s manager.

Deepak adds: “Between 200 and 300 transgender and hijra sex workers come to Noida every night for work, from around 9pm to the morning, so it also made sense that a clinic geared to look after their needs was located in the area. We had to look at over 20 properties simply because no landlord wanted to rent his place to MSM and transgender communities, even though we told them it was going to be a clinic.”

We had to look at over 20 properties simply because no landlord wanted to rent his place to the MSM and transgender communities, even though we told them it was going to be a clinic.
“The current property was found with great difficulty. The first months after opening were littered with incidents of harassment and taunts from neighbours. There were comments on the lines of ‘what immoral activity are you doing here?’, ‘you people are loud and obnoxious’,” says Sneha, a transgender activist who works as a counsellor at the clinic.

Changing attitudes
Partnering with Basera Samajik Sanstan, a community based organisation housed in the same building, Samarth Noida Clinic worked with the police and local health workers to hold a series of awareness-building workshops. This has enabled neighbours and other people in that area to interact with project members and staff and learn about the purpose of the space, and its benefits for wider public health.

Smarth Noida is now open 365 days a year. Typically, it gets around five clients a day, a number that can rise to 15 on Sundays, its busiest day. Successes like these have led to the Samarth programme being recognised by India’s National AIDS Control Organization for its ability to connect with the most at-risk sections of MSM, hijra and transgender communities, who had not previously been reached by public HIV prevention services. As a result, Samarth representatives have been invited to develop national community-based testing guidelines.

Understanding issues, building trust
A big part of the Samarth programme is about building relationships. As local MSM and transgender communities mainly socialise through social media, staff will use Facebook, Whatsapp and Grinder to reach out to them. Staff will also visit people in their homes or communities in order to get to know their concerns and issues. “We usually go and start talking about general health like diabetes and sugar levels, and only then move on to HIV,” says Sneha.

We ususally go and start talking about general health like diabetes and sugar levels, and only then move on to HIV.
“We then go over, and give information about the latest drug PrEP [pre exposure prophylaxis] that can prevent HIV. Although common in other countries, this is still new in India,” explains Akshita, an officer at Samarth.

A place to belong
But what makes Samarth more than a medical programme is the sense of community and belonging it provides to MSM, transgender and hijra groups. On the floor above the clinic, Basera Samajik Sanstan implement the ‘Wajood’ (‘identity’) programme, a project initiated by Alliance India with funding from Amplify Change.

Here, people are at liberty to be themselves and most don colourful sarees, make-up and jewellery. Wajood has a subsidised beauty parlour attached to it, and distributes pamphlets for affordable laser hair-removal. There is also a condom box, and another for suggestions.

The staff at Samarth view client confidentially as absolutely crucial; if somebody turns out to be HIV positive, only the client and their counsellor or nurse will learn of this information. The trust MSM, transgender and hijra communities have in the project staff plays a big part in helping them feel comfortable in visiting and returning to Samarth, a trust they do not enjoy in wider society.

“Many of us are afraid to roam around like this in the outside world – we are in plain men’s clothes there. People stare too much and it hurts”, says Akshita. “But inside here, it is home, we are free to be who we are.”

For more information about the Alliance’s work in India visit www.allianceindia.org.
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1 month ago

Gay Gambia

LGBTI rights
Gambia's latest anti-gay

It was already a crime to be gay in Gambia: adults found to have had consensual same-sex relationships faced up to fourteen years in prison, until October 2014 - now it's a lifetime.

An amendment to the country’s Criminal Code toughened existing laws punishing people for the 'crime' of homosexuality in Gambia and lengthened the criminal sentences for those found guilty.

Life sentences for the 'crime' of homosexuality
The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 2014 introduced the new crime of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ for ‘serial offenders’ and gay or lesbian people who live with HIV – which comes with the punishment of a lifetime in prison.

The Bill was passed by Gambia’s parliament, the National Assembly, on 25 August. Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, made the Bill law on 9 October. He did not announce this publicly.

Crackdown begins
'They threatened to break in the doors. As they could not find me, they also threatened to arrest one of my relatives. They finally left the house promising to kill me if ever they caught me.'
A Gambian woman who fled to Senegal to escape being punished for her sexuality

Since 7 November, state forces have launched a homosexuality investigation, leading to at least eight arrests.

Four men plus one 17-year-old boy were arrested by the National Intelligence Agency and Presidential Guards in Banjul, the capital city, under investigation for crimes of homosexuality. They are being held in a secret location without access to a lawyer, and are at high risk of being tortured. By holding the men in detention for more than three days without charging or releasing them, state forces are breaking the law according to Gambia's constitution.

Three women were also arrested in Banjul on 13 November. They said they were beaten in detention and threatened with rape by secrutiy forces. The women have now been released, but the police kept their identity cards and banned them from travelling.

All detainees, male and female, were told that if they did not 'confess' to the charges of homosexuality, a device would forced into their anus or vagina to 'test' their sexual orientation.

State forces are reportedly collecting a list of names for future arrest. Other men and women managed to escape the forces' interrogation as friends and relatives gave them advance warning that security forces would be targeting them.

Building discrimination into the law
'We know what human rights are. Human beings of the same sex cannot marry or date.'
President Yahya Jammeh

Gambia's national Criminal Code, which punishes anyone who identifies as - or is accused of identifying as – gay or lesbian violates Gambia’s own constitution, which says that all people must be equal and free from discrimination before the law. It also stipulates that national laws must not embed or encourage discrimination.

The law also violates international human rights standards that Gambia claims to abide by, including the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

Gambia’s human rights crisis
The law comes at a time when the space for free speech in Gambia is rapidly shrinking. This is particularly evident in restrictions on the media, where the government controls what is printed and broadcast.

Human rights defenders, journalists and political activists face harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and enforced disappearance. President Jammeh has repeatedly criticised human rights defenders for promoting and protecting the human rights of sexual minorities.
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2 months ago

Gay Gambia

"THERE IS NO ROOM FOR HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE GAMBIA"

www.gofundme.com/support-gambian-gay-refugee-in-senegal
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3 months ago

Gay Gambia

The Gambia WAKE UP ...

4 months ago

Gay Gambia

Look 👀 at Gunjur! 😢

I totally lost confidence in Barrow’s government!!!!

How can they allowed these silly Chinese factory to damage our environment like this? Just because of the million of dollars they received from them?

They don’t care whatever the Chinese are doing.

In few months or years time, basically no fish will be available in Gambia...!

Thousands of fish are dying from our own ocean everyday and as time goes on, there will be any at all.

We Love Brikama
Look 👀 at Sanyang 😢

I totally lost confidence in Barrow’s government!!!!

How can they allowed these silly Chinese factory to damage our environment like this? Just because of the million of dollars they received from them?

They don’t care whatever the Chinese are doing.

In few months or years time, basically no fish will be available in Gambia...!

Thousands of fish are dying from our own ocean everyday and as time goes on, there will be any at all.
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5 months ago

Gay Gambia

Underdeveloped #man in an underdeveloped #country: "Homosexuality is #evil and it is unacceptable to Gambians". I thougt Jammeh is gone and the Gambia is moving forward...? ...

5 months ago

Gay Gambia

Ex-SG urges prexy Barrow to say 'No to Homosexuality' ...

2 years ago

Gay Gambia

WTFBREAKING NEWS: Jammeh rejects the results, recommends fresh elections run by God-fearing people. ...

2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Let's bring Yahya Jammeh to the International Criminal Court...

I think that's a good place for him to go after his presidencyof the Gambia. I'm sure the proof is there to confirm the rumors of the things he has been doing the last 20 years... Once people start talking freely it's just a matter of time.
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

NBS Television
[VIDEO]: Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh calling opposition candidate Adama Barrow to concede defeat after 22 years of rule: “I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Adama for his victory. It’s a clear victory. I wish him all the best and I wish all Gambians the best. As a true Muslim who believes in the almighty Allah I will never question Allah’s decision. You Gambians have decided” (Credit: Israel Laryea) #NBSUpdates
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

The Fatu Network
Jammeh concedes defeat and assured Barrow of his support
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

"Adama Barrow 30 minutes after the results were confirmed" Inger Anne Olsen, A Norwegian Journalist ...

2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Go out early, do all shopping on Wednesday. Vote for Change. We need fresh start. ...

2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Stop the Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando TragedyFor too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder. On June 12... ...

2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Samsudeen Phatey:
As foolish as banning music and dancing during Ramadan sounds, it is concerning. Christians, pagans and non-fasting Muslims are not a minority, they're Gambians. The last time I checked, they are paying their fair share of taxes too. Equality and social justice dictates that we stand up and fight against the marginalization of any group of Gambians, the rule of law gives us the same rights to liberty in our nation and the same freedoms to choose what religion we wish to practice freely.

So if a Catholic brother has a communion, a Methodist sister has a wedding, an Anglican father father has an installation ceremony or a Baptist has a confirmation and it happens to coincide with the Ramadan, they cannot celebrate and have music and dance?

We are a secular nation and they have a right to sing, dance, play music and celebrate. The same way others choose to be Muslims and fast, is the same way others choose to belong to their religion of practice. If you're Muslim and you're fasting, you definitely will not sing and dance. If you're Muslim and you choose to play music and dance, that is your choice and that is up to you and God to settle in the hereafter. But as far as I am concerned, this is no laughing matter and we should all be outraged at such disgusting side laws that violate our constitutional provisions.

We cannot have freedom for one group of our nation. That is no freedom at all. That is apathetic. Freedom is when every Gambian and non-Gambian living in our country has their rights respected, guaranteed and secured - whether you be Muslim or Christian, Jew or Hindu, Buddhist or Atheist.
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Adeola Fayehun
In Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh has banned music, dancing, and all festivities during the Ramadan fast.

In Nigeria, a Christian woman was killed for allegedly blaspheming Allah. Also, a Christian man was stabbed for not taking part in the Ramadan fast.
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

A Swedish man today leave the Gambia after he was fine 450 thousand GMD..the man was arrested after he was catch with a gambian boy at his guest house on the 10 Nov 2015.. When police storm the place in fajara..after introgation at the police office it was known that a third party was involved.. But he was not present during the arrested.. Police arrested the Swedish and the Gambian boy,then on 18 Jan 2016 a final was decided at court..
Both man's are fine 450 thousand GMD or to serve 15 years in jail with hard Labour..
Then the Swedish citizen pay the fine and was ask to leave the country in next 24 hours..
While our Gambian start to serve his terms in prison..
And the other boy was never seen or heard again in Gambia, according to close source the boy is now we're to be found..
Plz let's join hands to help our brother.. Serving his terms in prison..
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2 years ago

Gay Gambia

Just noticed this visitor's post from Feb 4th, 2016.
I can't seem to find any more details on this post;
Does anyone have more information about this matter?

A Swedish and 2 other Gambian are found guilty of doing homosexual acts and both 3 were sentence to 5 years of imprisonment. But the Swedish national was ask to pay a fined of 350 000 GMD and ban from the Gambia..

Both the 2 Gambian will serve their terms in prison.. One of whom is believed to be a minor..

According to Police Stg Camara this all come to notice when police storm the house of the Swedish at fajara and found having doing homosexual acts with this 2 boys.

Both 2 three were arrest and take to the police.. After introgation at the station it was discover that 4 people were involved on the homosexual acts.. The Swedish and 3 other Gambian national.. But the third boy was not around that day when the arrest was made..

Stg Camara said they later storm the home of the third boy but was not seen after searching the compound..

Both the 3 other involved were sentence to jail terms..
Camara also said such acts is forbidden by the law, and anyone found doing it will face the law..

Story by.. Jolluf news

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3 years ago

Gay Gambia

Alagie Jammeh became homeless, & had his life flipped upside down over pro-LGBT views.Alagie Jammeh became homeless, & had his life flipped upside down over pro-LGBT views. Support Alagie! ► www.gofundme.com/zzc9s24 Giving A Homeless M... ...

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