Internet provides vital connection for Africa’s LGBT communities


As lockdowns and restrictions limit physical movement across Africa, persecuted and marginalised LGBT communities have been finding new support online. This has ranged from fundraising opportunities to more chances to connect internationally. In one example of transcontinental support, US-based charity and activist group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence began holding online drag shows to raise money for LGBT refugees in Kenya. More than $10,000 (€8,700) was donated, enough to supply hundreds of people with food for two months. Craig Paris, a Ugandan 28-year-old who has been in Kenya for six years, took part in one show himself, reading a poem of thanks. “It really touched my heart,” he said. “It’s as if the internet is a very big tool that connects us here. It raised the spirits, people watched the shows and it was really interesting.”

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