Posted by: iglhrc | June 8, 2010

LGBT Senegalese Speak Out

In Senegal, same-sex activity has, since 1965, been punishable by up to five years imprisonment. Enforcement of this law has escalated in the past two years, with the arrests of more than 50 people and trials of at least 16 individuals suspected of same-sex activity or being part of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans community. Simultaneously, state-sanctioned violence and anti-gay rhetoric in the media against individuals believed to be LGBT has increased.

Our recent collaboration with None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa resulted in four audio profiles of LGBT Senegalese, who recount their experiences with hostility and homophobia in the country. To hear the interviews, click on the arrows below:

Cheikh describes being forced into exile and the harassment of his family in Senegal.
Mariam describes the conditions facing women who love women in Senegal.
Malick describes how the situation has worsened and what LGBT people need now.
Diadji describes his own arrest and the humiliation he experienced in prison.

Photos by Olive Demetrius.


  1. How that is insane thanks guys for posting and getting awareness out there
    is my blog if anyone wants to see anything up there

  2. Great reporting

  3. Hi! I’m an American student currently studying in Senegal hoping to write a paper on the cultural and political scene of women who love women here in Dakar. Could I get the contact information for the person who wrote this post and maybe talk to them about their research? If not could whoever wrote it please email me! My email’s My project will only last until mid-December so it would be amazing if I could get in contact with whoever it may concern as soon as possible. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 56 other followers

%d bloggers like this: