Allies, stop sensationalising the plight of African LGBTs

A very thought-provoking post about the status of LGBT people and straight allies in much of sub-Saharan Africa.


Yemisi Ilesanmi (Photo courtesy of This Day Live) Yemisi Ilesanmi (Photo courtesy of This Day Live)

“African LGBTs are not looking for Western saviours,” says Nigerian author and activist Yemisi Ilesanmi.  “We must all stand as equal partners in our quest to rid the world of inequalities. We don’t need sensationalism, we need our allies to walk their talk.”

To Ilesanmi, allies who “walk their talk” would present a realistic view of the complexities of LGBT life in Africa, without sensationalistic portrayals of “African lesbians and gays as helpless, unemployed, abused, victimised people who want to, nay NEED, to be saved.”

Cover of the book "Freedom to Love for All" by Yemisi Ilesanmi Cover of the book “Freedom to Love for All” by Yemisi Ilesanmi. (Click image for link to the book on

They would also assure African LGBT job applicants with equal treatment in employment. “One way our concerned Western LGBT comrades can help is not just parade us as unpaid storytellers but give us fair consideration when…

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