June is Pride Month to celebrate the LGBT+ community around the world. In Africa, the LGBT+ community often has to celebrate pride month in defiance of anti-gay law. There are 69 countries that have laws that criminalise homosexuality globally. Nearly half of these are in Africa. Angola, Gabon, Botswana, Mozambique and the Seychelles are some of the countries that have recently made moves to decriminalise homosexuality. However, countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya have either tightened laws or upheld them.
The LGBT+ community is mostly forced to remains behind closed doors due to safety and legal concerns in most of Africa, something that needs to change in parallel to global trends.
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