The Global Politics of Gay Rights: The Straining Relations between the West and Africa

Abstract
This article analyses the contemporary global politics of gay rights as it relates to the straining relations between the Western powers and many African states that oppose sexual minorities’ rights. While the West (with emphasis on the United States, EU, and Britain) advocates for the protection of gay rights in the world, Africa provides the largest concentration of states opposed to them. Therefore, there has been rising tension between both regions. This became more apparent after Nigeria and Uganda, respectively, signed their anti-gay bills into law in January and February 2014. In response to this, the Western powers decided to take some punitive measures, especially imposition of sanctions, against the countries to pressurise them to repeal their laws. In an unusual manner, the African states are radically determined to go ahead with their anti-gay laws in open defiance to the demands of the Western powers. This development, which is informed by a number of factors, shows a rather new pattern of behaviour by African states in global politics.

Keywords: Homosexuality, Gay, Anti-gay states, Africa, the West


How to Cite:

Onapajo, H. and Isike, C. (2016) The Global Politics of Gay Rights: The Straining Relations between the West and Africa. Journal of Global Analysis, 6: 21-46.


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