Senegal prison sentence for gay couple not so 'rare'

Published: February 3, 2014

 The Associated Press reports that a six-month prison sentence has been imposed on a same-sex couple in Senegal, but the article wrongly suggests that such repression of LGBT people is uncommon.

 
The article, which was published on Saturday, Feb. 1, described the outcome of the case as “a rare conviction” of a gay couple.  That might be  accurate for gay couples in Senegal, who aren’t often hauled into court in pairs.
 
But convictions of same-sex couples and LGBT individuals are far from rare in Africa overall, and repression of LGBT people is common in Senegal.
 
For example, in November five lesbians were arrested in a bar in the capital city, Dakar, on charges of breaking Senegal’s law against same-sex activity.
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