Out in Africa & Middle East

Journalist and blogger ,Andrew Havens [Meskel Square] has a feature article on “Gay Africans and Arabs come out online” published by Reuters. Andrew interviewed women and men from the LGBT communities across Africa and the Arab speaking world for the piece.


That limited form of coming out has earned the bloggers abuse or criticism via their blogs’ comment pages or e-mails.

“Faggot queen,” wrote a commentator called ‘blake’ on Kenya’s ‘Rants and raves’. “I will put my loathing for you faggots aside momentarily, due to the suffering caused by the political situation,” referring to the country’s post-election violence.

Some are more measured: “The fact that you are a gay Sudanese and proudly posting about it in itself is just not natural,” a reader called ‘sudani’ posted on Ali’s blog.