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Exporting Prejudice: How the West promotes homophobia in Africa

A woman holds a placard in front of South Africa's parliament where activists protest against Uganda's anti-LGBT bill, in Cape Town, South Africa, March 31, 2023. REUTERS/Esa Alexander

Africa is undergoing a swell of attacks on gay and non-binary people, often instigated by religious and political leaders. Some of these figures are prominent presidents and preachers, but others are less well known because they promote homophobia from abroad, including right-wing evangelical figures from the US.

Last month, the Ugandan parliament passed one of the toughest pieces of anti-gay legislation in Africa. If signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni, the bill would mandate draconian punishments, including the possibility of life in prison for those who identify as gay, and even the death penalty in certain cases.

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