We Are Here: African LGBT Activists Fighting for Freedom

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  • Paul Kasonkomona of Zambia
  • Aba Taylor of Ghana
  • Williams Rashidi of Nigeria
  • Bakah Aicha of Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jabulani Chen Pereira of South Africa
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  • David Kato of Uganda
  • Frank Mugisha of Uganda
  • John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere of Uganda
  • Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera of Uganda
  • Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang of Cameroon

Williams Rashidi of Nigeria  

In a daring move to defeat Nigeria’s same-sex marriage bill in 2009, Williams Rashidi spoke before the nation’s parliament as an openly gay man. He now serves as founding executive director of Queer Alliance Nigeria, a human rights, health advocacy and support group for the LGBTI community in Nigeria. “It is already a trial to survive the hardship of our nations let alone the discrimination we face as sexual minorities,” he wrote in a 2011 statement.
(Photo: Reuters)

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