When Your Sexuality Is Against the Law

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05/27/2023

When Abdul was a teenager and coming to terms with being gay, he was attacked by a group of men. They mocked him with homophobic slurs and assaulted him with broken beer bottles, slicing his thumb open. He reported the incident to the police and was told that an arrest could be made — of him, for homosexuality. Sierra Leone is one of more than 30 African nations (over half the continent) that criminalize same-sex relations.

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