Two gay men were jailed in a coastal city in the Ivory Coast even though there’s no law banning same-sex relationships in the country. The men, identified by the Guardian as Yann and Abdoul, are gay but deny romantic involvement with one another. They believe they were charged with public indecency, but prosecutors have refused to confirm the charge. Yann and Abdoul served three months in prison, after a trial without lawyers where they declined appeal because they thought the appeal process could take longer than the prison sentence.
January 26 / LGBTQ Nation