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Meet the LGBTQ+ celebrities and activists TIME called the Most Influential People of 2024

From actors to activists, TIME is honoring some of the LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

This gay man had to flee Ghana after a violent attack. He’s finally been granted asylum

"What I really want the world to know is that [queer Ghanaians] have no life, they have no voice,” Mr. B, who was recently granted asylum, told The Advocate.


Uganda used the U.S. Supreme Court's anti-abortion ruling to outlaw being LGBTQ+

Uganda's highest court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson ruling in their decision to uphold a law criminalizing same-sex relationships.

A Ugandan LGBTQ+ activist was stabbed and left for dead in the street. Now, he recounts his escape to Canada

Steven Kabuye had been followed for sometime before two men ambushed him on his morning commute in January. Still recovering, he fled Uganda days later with bandages still on.

Pastor warns against gospel music  because '78%' of musicians are gay

Ghanaian pastor and musician Sonnie Badu says that even gospel music isn't safe from the evil gays.

Ghana stands to lose $3.8 billion over anti-LGBTQ+ law as president delays signing

Officials warned President Akufo-Addo that signing the draconian anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law would have grave consequences.

Right-wing group won't condemn Uganda's 'kill the gays' law, enraging queer Democrats

"When you’re given the opportunity to publicly oppose a law that permits the government to execute LGBTQI+ people just because of who they are, why wouldn’t you take it?" says Congressional Equality Caucus Chair Mark Pocan.

Ghana’s parliament passes bill with 3-year prison sentences for identifying as LGBTQ+

The bill also would require even tougher sentences for forming or funding LGBTQ+ groups.

Gay lawmaker demands to know extent of U.S. Christian group's ties to Uganda's deadly antigay law

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, sent a pointed letter to the Fellowship Foundation, the right-wing group also known as the Family.

Activists Link U.S. Nonprofit to Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Across Africa

Family Watch International says it’s only promoting ‘family values.’

LGBTQ+ Groups Denied Registration Even After Supreme Court Decision in Eswatini

The Eswatini government continues to refuse to register LGBTQ+ rights groups, despite a recent Supreme Court ruling supporting these organizations.

Mauritius Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Landmark Decision

Advocates hailed the decision on the African island nation while the court disparaged the law’s British colonial era origins in its ruling.

Dozens Arrested for Attending Gay Wedding in Nigeria

Homosexuality is illegal in the West African nation.

First Man Faces Death Penalty for 'Aggravated Homosexuality' in Uganda

Four others have been arrested under the new law passed in May.

LGBTQ+ People Are Facing Increased Persecution, Violence, Ethiopian Activists Say

Government authorities are raiding venues thought to be LGBTQ-friendly, while social media videos are encouraging violence against queer Ethiopians.

Gay Men in Nigeria Targeted in Dating App Extortion Scheme

The blackmailers pose as potential dates to entrap their victims.