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LGBTIQA+ hate and intolerance are accelerating in digital spaces for queer Africans.


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Gender Justice

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LGBTIQA+ Discrimination








In 2021, Access Now partnered with organizations in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda to track legislation that accelerates "the digital repression of LGBTQ+ rights in Africa."

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Predictive AI can mistakenly out LGBTQIA+ people.

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