In Liberia, mentioning the rights of homosexual and bi-sexual is considered a taboo, while engaging in such practice is a criminal act under the law. But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating for the inclusion and rights of minority communities which includes Lesbian, Gay, Bio-Sexual and Trans-gender (LGBT) people. Action Aid-Liberia in collaboration with Stop Aids in Liberia (SAIL) is using the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia which is slated for May 17 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people in Liberia and elsewhere. Evan Adofo, Program Manager of SAIL, said the celebration is created social consciousness and it is observed around the world. Adofo said there are too many discrimination, abuse and violence against LGBT people face globally. “We have to engage State actors, even though there are laws but we have to make them to understand that LGBT are humans,” Adofo said.
The constitution prohibits discrimination based on ethnic background, sex, creed, place of origin, disability, or political opinion; however, the government did not enforce these provisions effectively. The constitution allows only persons who are “Negroes” or of “Negro descent” to become citizens and own land. Lebanese born in the... Expand
The constitution prohibits discrimination based on ethnic background, sex, creed, place of origin, disability, or political opinion; however, the government did not enforce these provisions effectively. The constitution allows only persons who are “Negroes” or of “Negro descent” to become citizens and own land. Lebanese born in the country over several generations, for example, remained noncitizens in accordance with this provision.
Tribal tensions exploited during the country’s civil war which formally ended in 2003 continued on a diminished level to contribute to social and political friction among ethnic groups.
The law prohibits consensual same-sex sexual activity, and the culture is strongly opposed to homosexuality. “Voluntary sodomy” is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year’s imprisonment. As of November 4, five detainees were in custody for sodomy in the MCP, two of whom were detained for more than two years. The law prohibits same-sex couples, regardless of citizenship, from adopting children. LGBT persons were cautious about revealing their sexual orientation or gender identities. A few civil society groups promoted the rights of LGBT individuals, but most maintained a very low profile due to fear of mistreatment.
There were press and civil society reports of harassment of persons perceived to be LGBT. Societal stigma and fear of official reprisal may have prevented victims from reporting violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to a local news report, on September 8, unknown assailants recognized and attacked a local LGBT-rights activist. The attackers smashed the front windshield of the car the activist was driving. The activist managed to escape from the mob and filed a police report. The case was under investigation at year’s end.
In November 2013 Human Rights Watch, in conjunction with Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), an HIV/AIDS advocacy group, released a report, ‘It’s Nature, Not a Crime’: Discriminatory Laws and LGBT people in Liberia. The report described the legal and cultural contexts of LGBT discrimination and made broad recommendations to government and civil society regarding policy, legislation, law enforcement techniques, investigation of reports of violence, and education. Human Rights Watch and SAIL continued their joint awareness campaign during the year highlighting the discrimination the LGBT community faced.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights Report
The standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress, Alexander B. Cummings has clarified that he is not in support of gay rights in Liberia and has no intention of legalizing same sex marriage if he is elected President. Making the clarity at the unveiling ceremony of the ANC's platform on Thursday, September 28, Mr. Cummings described the rumors and allegations as nonsense and a smear campaign being orchestrated by his detractors to discourage his supporters from voting him come October. He was responding to a female supporter, who claimed that she has closed down her small business to campaign for the ANC leader, but of late has become embarrassed with allegations that her Presidential candidate was in support of gay rights in Liberia.
Another documented gender based hate crime against a lesbian woman who lives openly gay, marks a rise in the number of attacks against homosexuals in Liberia. In this new case, the woman, who has asked not be named, was allegedly attacked because her neighbors are reportedly not comfortable with her physical appearance and masculinity, "and they have done everything since we have been neighbors to show me how much they hate me," she added.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday made a very rare comment on homosexuality, saying that it was a matter of choice, and that it was not illegal to be a homosexual in Liberia. No law legalizes or bans homosexuality in Liberia; however, it is still seen as a taboo in Liberia.
Last month, a warlord turned senator in Liberia named Prince Johnson kicked off his candidacy for next year’s presidential election with a sharp denunciation of sexual minorities and those who defend them. “A government under our watch will never, ever accept gay rights,” said Johnson, who is best known for his role in wartime atrocities, including the torture and killing of President Samuel Doe in 1990.
Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) will have no rights when Senator Prince Johnson becomes President of Liberia, the Nimba County Senator has said in the announcement of his presidential bid. "We will never accept that here, I want the West to take note of this and get me clearly,” he told a crowd of supporters and sympathizers of his new Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction.
A young gay football player will most likely be deported after not providing enough “evidence” that he’s gay. Andrew Nagbe, 22, had his residency application rejected, and is currently in a detention centre awaiting deportation. On the August 23 he will be sent back to his native Liberia, where it’s illegal to be gay. “I want to play football and live as an openly gay man in Sweden,” he said.
The Rev. Jerry Kulah has nothing but gratitude for American Methodists. In 1833, they sent their first missionary to his country, Liberia, which was founded for freed American slaves. Melville B. Cox died four months after he arrived in Africa, but the missionary's legacy lives on in the United Methodist Church's fastest-growing region, and in his words to his own church back in North Carolina: "Let a thousand fall before Africa be given up. However," said Kulah, who is dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology in the capital, Monrovia, "the church has taken on strangely a new direction. People from the country that brought the Gospel to us are now preaching a different Gospel."
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