U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

Nigeria Flag on MapDecember 21, 2015 – Reported by the New York Times – LAGOS, Nigeria — Suspicious neighbors and landlords pry into their private lives. Blackmailers hunt for victims on the social media sites they use to meet others of the same sex. Police officers routinely stop them to search for incriminating images and chats on their cellphones. Since an anti-gay law went into effect last year, many gay Nigerians say they have been subjected to new levels of harassment, even violence. They blame the law, the authorities and broad social intolerance for their troubles. But they also blame an unwavering supporter whose commitment to their cause has been unquestioned and conspicuous across Africa: the United States government. “The U.S. support is making matters worse,” said Mike, 24, a university student studying biology in Minna, a town in central Nigeria who asked that his full name not be used for his safety. “There’s more resistance now. It’s triggered people’s defense mechanism.” Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Obama Kenya Trip Sets Off Gay Rights Debate in Africa JULY 21, 2015 Four years ago, the American government embarked on an ambitious campaign to expand civil rights for gay people overseas by marshaling its diplomats, directing its foreign aid and deploying President Obama to speak before hostile audiences…story continues below…

Source: U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good – The New York Times

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