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The 77 Percent

Africa's LGBTQ+ Community

We examine the state of the LGBTQ+ community across Africa, meeting those who fight for equality and love.

We’ll hear the story of Ghanaian activist Alex Donkor, who won’t stop fighting for equal rights in his country. We'll meet a Ugandan photographer who tells queer stories. And we’ll take a barefoot walk with musician Wanlov the Kubolor.


Ghana: Overcoming threats against LGBTQ+ people

Even in the bustling Ghanaian capital Accra, the LGBTQ+ community lives in fear because of their sexual orientation. Ghanaians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender suffer widespread discrimination and abuse. Despite this, activist Alex Donkor won’t stop fighting for equal rights.


Interview: Accra’s LGBTQ+ center

We continue our chat with Alex Donkor, who has become a household name in Ghana. His fight for equal rights has attracted a lot of attention and anger. DW’s Michael Oti spoke to Donkor about the risks for queer people in the country.


Pin Wheel: LGBTQ+ rights across Africa

Homophobic sentiments are rife across many African nations regarding same-sex orientation. We asked our correspondents in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Uganda to update us on the state of LGBTQ+ rights in their countries.


The Spread: Kaz explains gender identity and more

The language surrounding gender and sexual orientation can get confusing at times. Our very own sexpert KAZ tackles this sometimes unclear subject full-on. After all, gender is not as binary a concept as some people think.


DeLovie Kwagala: Telling Uganda's queer stories

In Uganda, a young photographer wants to change the way people look at beauty and gender. DeLovie Kwagala has braved insults and rejection to document members of the LGBTQ+ community.


Meet Musician Wanlov the Kubolor - Ghana's LGBTQ+ activist

Barefoot and with a wild mane of dreadlocks, Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu a.k.a. Wanlov the Kubolor, uses music to defend the LGBTQ+ community. His unique style and unusual sound attract a lot of criticism, but the LGBTQ+ ally keeps fighting for equality.



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