What does Senegal’s new president have in store for LGBTQ people?

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03/28/2024

Bassirou Diomaye Faye was elected President of Senegal on Sunday, collecting 51% of the votes compared to his challenger, Amadou Ba, from the ruling party of outgoing president Macky Sall. Diomaye Faye is close to anti-LGBT activists in the country, including Ousmane Sonko, and his African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party was endorsed by a broad conservative coalition that included And Samm Djikko Yi (“Together for the Defense of Values” in Wolof), a homophobic pressure group. Erasing 76 Crimes spoke to Dakar resident Medoune, who is bisexual, about what the election means for queer people in a country where same-sex relations are already punishable by 5 years imprisonment and a fine of 1.5 million CFA francs (approximately US $2,470).

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