LGBT Issues – Sudan, North Africa is a place where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. However, a new online LGBT magazine, Rainbow Sudan, is offering an outlet and hope to the LGBT community by giving them a way to read about and discuss their situations.
“Sudanese society considers homosexuality as a ‘phenomenon,’ not a reality. It is considered a sin and psychological behaviour which is sick, and this view is often shared by LGBT people themselves here,” said the magazine’s editor, Mohammad.
“We need to discuss what does it mean to us to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender in Sudan? We need to debate and discuss Islamic religious judgments and punishment, which threatens us. We can aim to educate about these issues and encourage dialogue,” he added.
For many members of the LGBT community in Sudan the internet is often their only option to talk about their lives, trials, and fears. Rainbow Sudan will give them an opportunity to learn about issues such as low self-esteem and social rejection that many deal with on a daily basis. Education will also play a key role in the magazine to give people the opportunity to learn about safer sex practices, something that is also taboo in Sudan.
All in all, the magazine will offer hope to many who cannot openly speak about their trials and tribulations for fear that they will be ostracized, jailed, or worse. It’s a big task but it is one that Mohammad says, “We will take it one step at a time.”
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