Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals from countries where their sexual orientation and/or gender identity is criminalised need international solidarity. What we do not need is seeing international leaders who claim to support our fight for LGBT rights wine and dine our oppressors.
When we watch international leaders who are supposedly LGBT allies frolicking with our oppressors, the message we get is that we do not matter. In the long run, it is all about their politics, not their words. International leaders should please WALK THEIR TALK.
Below is a video of my interview on SkyNews on the topic LGBT Rights in Africa and why we need international solidarity.
The pictures below of President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama posing for pictures with President Museveni of Uganda and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria makes me sad. Uganda and Nigeria are two African countries that have taken the lead in criminalising Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals with the active support of these presidents. As an affected Nigerian bisexual, these pictures make me sad.
As Washington Blade aptly puts it in its headline, LGBT rights take back seat at Africa summit.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the White House on Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the State Department)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at the White House on Aug. 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the State Department)
A sad back-seat, indeed.