The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Unit continues to celebrate LGBTIQ+ Africans who have bravely served and are still bravely serving their communities in various capacities worthy of note.
From Parliament to sports, community development to women’s rights, HIV and AIDS to the performing arts, broadcasting to music, LGBTIQ+ individuals continue to contribute to their countries through various positions of leadership that they hold. The SOGIESC Unit has once again documented a few out of many more, of these LGBTIQ+ personalities serving their communities is spite of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristic.
The message here is that LGBTIQ+ is just a human identity, like race or nationality, and that ALL human beings have something to contribute to the betterment of the bigger society. The criminalisation of LGBTQ+ identities directly or by default, and the abuse of the right to dignity of body for Intersex persons in most African countries does not allow for the freedom to express one’s sexual or gender identity. However, even under the circumstances many brave LGBTIQ+ persons serve in governments, civil society, business, community development, sports and entertainment. The list is never exhaustive.