Revelers at Ram Bar, a gay-friendly establishment in Kampala, were dancing and drinking beer on a Sunday night, when the police arrived. They took 120 people into custody, 67 of whom were charged with “creating a common nuisance.” The long-term consequences of the raid are dire, according to activists.
Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted its first Pride parade last month, as LGBT activists and supporters marched in the capital, Sarajevo, amid heavy security. In an interview, Zorica Mršević discusses the significance of the march and the obstacles to expanding LGBT rights in the Balkans.
A police raid on a gay-friendly bar in Cameroon’s capital in 2005 marked a grim shift in the fortunes of the country’s sexual minorities. But the 11 men who were arrested and detained were then introduced to the world of global LGBT rights activism, which turned out to be both a blessing and a curse.