LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Togo

LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Togo

Arriving in Togo was emotional for me, as this is a place I lived for many years, a place where I experienced much joy and also much sorrow. After settling into a guesthouse, I went to see the place where I was attacked in 2008. It had changed a lot. Lomé, the capital...
LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Benin

LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Benin

In Benin, I met with three people who identify as transsexuals and are also Christians from different backgrounds. They wanted to be interviewed together. Their words were heartfelt as they told me that all they wanted from the society and the church is acceptance....
LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Nigeria

LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Nigeria

My next journey was to Nigeria, and I had to be extremely careful at this stage of my journey for my own safety and security. It was not easy crossing the border of Benin and Nigeria since the Nigerian Presidential election was coming up in few days time, so security...

LGBT Catholic Voices from W Africa: Conclusions

From the many interviews conducted, it has become clear that LGBT people in West Africa have a hard life. They are openly persecuted both by the state and the church and feel abandoned. It is sad to say that many LGBTs are “marginalised and hated in life and...