Her story begins in Burundi, a small country in Central Africa. Gloria, whose bright smile accents her worn face, was born in rural Gitega province to a family of farmers. As her children grew, Gloria came to realize her son Eric was gay. The names of the family members have been changed out of concern for their safety. In many parts of East and Central Africa where homophobia is rife, parents react harshly on learning that a child is gay. Some say their family sent them to counseling, sent them to church, tried introducing them to peers of the opposite sex—anything to make the gay go away.
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Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Download the full report in English. Rima and Ahmed are not alone. Despite state-sponsored repression and social stigma, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people in the Middle East and North Africa are finding ways to speak out.
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A frica has 54 countries and more than a billion people. One of the most ridiculous myths about it is that homosexuality did not exist in the continent until white men imported it. Robert Mugabe is one such propagator, calling homosexuality "un-African" and a "white disease".
Home Destinations The Middle East. Being openly gay in the Arab world is certainly not an easy feat! The point of this article is to show that despite being a very difficult place in the world for the LGBTQ community, there is a glimmer of hope for a better future. We are by no means saying these are gay havens in any way! To be clear, being gay is illegal and difficult here full stop!