As it does every year, Algeria’s LGBTI community celebrated TenTen, its national day of solidarity, on October 10. FRANCE 24 spoke to Amelle, a 31-year-old lesbian about to enter into a marriage of convenience. Every year, hundreds or even thousands of gay people across Algeria get married in such “rainbow weddings”, because of social and familial pressure. In a country where homosexuality is a crime – punishable by two months to two years in prison, along with a heavy fine – marrying a person of another gender has become the alternative to coming out, when the latter leads to ostracisation from society. During this year’s TenTen – the Algerian LGBT community’s 11th annual day of solidarity, organised by their advocacy group Alouen – FRANCE 24 caught up with Amelle*, who first told us her story three years ago.
October 12 / France24