African human rights leaders are uniting to denounce a ‘Gay Hate Day’ in Cameroon.
The Cameroonian Youth Rally have organized of a national anti-gay ‘celebration’ on 21 August, claiming homosexuality is a ‘crime against humanity’ and that they are acting to protect African values.
However, a declaration signed by some of the continent’s most high profile LGBT campaigners slams the event, saying it will put the lives of thousands of Cameroonians in ‘serious danger’.
The activists are also calling on the country’s President Paul Biya to take a stand against anti-gay persecution and decriminalize homosexuality.
‘These anti-gay proponents say they are protecting our “traditional values.” But we want to tell them that hate and homophobia are not African values,’ says Alice N’Kom, a Cameroonian attorney renowned for her support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cameroon
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