Civil Rights worker seeks an end to anti-gay hatred in Africa

Published: April 24, 2014

 The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, an African-American former Civil Rights activist and a retired United Methodist minister, responded with passion to the recent commentary by South African Justice Edwin Cameron, who bemoaned the repression of LGBT people in Africa.

 
In a commentary titled, “The Sexual Minority of Africa Should Also Be Heard,” Cameron wrote that “A destructive wave of hatred against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons seems to be gaining force across Africa.”
 
Caldwell described his “deep agony” over mistreatment of LGBT people in parts of Africa and asked, “Why then would Africans in Africa … mistreat persons because of their sexual orientation in some of the ways we were once treated because of our race?”
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