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South Africa’s Queer Community Marks IDAHOBIT 2024: Several events were held across South Africa to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
European LGBTIQ+ Groups Back Caster Semenya in Human Rights Court: European human rights groups file a submission before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in support of Caster Semenya.
Queer Kenyans and Nigerians Also Plagued by Dating App Criminals: The targeting of LGBTQ+ people by dating app criminals is well known in South Africa, but it's also a reality in other African countries.
President Ramaphosa Signs Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill: In a historic development, President Ramaphosa has signed the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill into law, after almost two decades of advocacy.
Meet Anastasia K Boney, The First Trans Miss Drag South Africa: A 33-year-old Northern Cape police constable has made history by becoming the first transgender woman to win the Miss Drag South Africa title.
Namibia: Rise in Deadly Hate Crimes Against LGBTQIA+ Community: A 30-year-old transgender woman is the latest victim in a spike in hate crime murders of queer people in Namibia, with politicians blamed for the crisis.
Joy as United Methodist Church Votes to Allow Gay Clergy: In a significant development, the US-based United Methodist Church will allow gay clergy to serve in the church, overturning a 40-year ban.
Kenya: Court Issues Order Protecting LGBTQ+ People: The High Court in Mombasa issues a landmark interim ruling, ordering anti-gay groups from inciting violence against LGBTQ+ people in Kenya.
Nigeria: Calls for Release of Trans Celebrity Bobrisky: Calls are growing for the Nigerian authorities to release Bobrisky, one of Nigeria's most visible transgender public figures, who supporters claim was unfairly jailed.
Iraq Moves to Officially Outlaw Homosexuality: The Parliament of Iraq has passed a bill that will formally criminalise homosexuality and transgender expression as jailable offences.