Madagascar’s LGBT people struggle to build community amid apathy and hostility


Although homosexuality and trans identity have never been criminalized in Madagascar, a large island home to 29 million people off the east coast of Africa, the queer community struggles to achieve visibility and push back against simmering anti-LGBT sentiments among powerful politicians and institutions. Recently, a group of activists came together to form Queer Place Madagascar, which aims to help LGBTI+ people on the island connect and find support. Exclusively for Erasing 76 Crimes, a member of Queer Place Madagascar explains what life is like for queer Malagasy people: I joined Queer Place Madagascar with a handful of friends two years ago, just after the COVID-19 pandemic, to help young people in the LGBTI+ community with questions or difficulties, to listen to them and provide them with advice, while organizing sociable and convivial spaces where we can get together, like a cocoon. That’s how the project got off the ground.

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