Senegal imprisons 3 men for gay-bashing

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10/26/2021

Three young men who beat up suspected homosexuals on July 28 have been sentenced to prison in Senegal. The country’s homophobes aren’t happy about it. Prison sentences for gay-bashers are uncommon in African nations as well as in other countries with anti-homosexuality laws. More frequently, police simply ignore anti-gay violence or they arrest the victims, sometimes to charge them with violating anti-gay laws, sometimes more mercifully — to protect them from the mob. In the following interview with journalist Moïse Manoel-Florisee on Oct. 24, Souleymane Diouf (pseudonym), the spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Collectif Free of Senegal, discusses the incident, anti-gay activism and what they mean for the LGBTQ+ community in Senegal.

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