In this day and age, one would think with fast evolution and human development, issues like discrimination and marginalization of people based on their sexuality should not be concerning factors.
Well, quite frankly, it still is.
South Africa is the first and only country to legalize same-sex marriage in Africa. In a continent where the rights of queer people are not actively considered, African LGBTQ activists continue to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ community and fight against discrimination.
To explore this, here are 4 LGBTQ activists in Africa pushing a better narrative.
Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian writer, public speaker, gay rights activist and founder of the Bisi Alimi Foundation focused on advocacy and support for LGBTQ members in Nigeria. He also provides HIV/AIDS prevention and care education by telling his story.
Zanele Muholi is photographer and activist depicting the lives of black queer people in South Africa through pictures. With several exhibitions across South Africa, Europe and America, Zanele has been successfully documenting the lives of members of LGBTQ community since 2006.
The Muholi Art institution was established in February 2022 and it will hold its first exhibition between June 3rd to 30th June 2022.
OluTimehin Kukoyi is a writer, public intellectual, feminist and queer advocate. She is a TED talk speaker and essayist. In 2020, she curated a project titled ‘Quietly Queer’ to document the stories of queer Africans.
Bandy Kiki is the director of Living Free UK and trustee of Rainbow Migration organization surging through the African landscape with conscious LGBTQ awareness messages.
The Cameroonian queer activist is challenging the norm in her country and Africa by actively engaging in online activism, speaking against hate and discrimination in the queer community.