African activists watch for signs of support from Obama
News in brief:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Barack Obama prepares for a trip to Africa starting June 26, LGBT activists in Africa are watching to see whether he will lend them any support.
The Associated Press reported that “the U.S. administration’s cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa” is “an issue that is likely to come up during President Barack Obama’s visit this week to three African nations — South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania — the last two of which punish homosexuality with jail time.” The article added:
The U.S. has made it a priority to promote gay rights overseas, but officials pick and choose when they talk about it, often citing concerns about igniting a backlash that could endanger local activists. …
By signing a December 2011 memorandum instructing federal agencies to promote the human rights of gay people overseas, Obama publicly inserted himself into Africa’s bitter debate…
View original post 341 more words