In Cameroon, Drinking Bailey’s Makes You Guilty Of Gay Sex

Cameroon FlagSeptember 11, 2014 – Reported by ThinkProgress.org – Article 347 bis of the Cameroon Penal Code punishes “sexual relations with a person of the same sex,” with sentences of prison terms as long as five years in addition to fines. According to Michel Togue, a Cameroonian attorney who has defended many people accused of homosexuality, gay and lesbian stereotypes alone are often enough to warrant charges.

Togue told ThinkProgress that of the dozens of such cases he has represented, very few people were actually caught in the act of actually having sex. Once an accusation of homosexuality is made, police make arrests based solely on how individuals present themselves. For example, if a man is found to be cross-dressing, that could be used as proof that he is gay in court. If somebody has a job that doesn’t fit their gender, like a male hairdresser, that too could be used against them. A judge convicted one of Togue’s clients for feminine mannerisms and for drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream, which he felt only a woman would drink.

Stigma fuels the accusations and arrests. Many individuals have been charged after neighbors, family members, or even scorned ex-lovers report them to the police, though in at least one case, the ex-lover was arrested too. Togue recently tried to free two women who had been in jail for nine months after neighbors reported them. They had not actually caught them in a sexual act.

via In Cameroon, Drinking Bailey’s Makes You Guilty Of Gay Sex | ThinkProgress.

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