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.
In a widely celebrated win for LGBT activists, Botswana’s High Court moved last month to toss out a colonial-era law that banned homosexuality. The ruling has potential to be a watershed not just for Botswana’s LGBT community, but for other marginalized groups in the country as well, says Ricki Kgositau.
Ecuador’s highest court ruled last month that the country’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The 5-4 verdict was a victory for LGBT activists in the heavily Catholic country, but it is not clear that the decision will be accepted among all segments of Ecuadorian society, says Amy Lind.