By Gboko Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org Monrovia-Rocheforte Jones, (not his real name), walked into a fence in the quiet suburb of Sinkor to celebrate a friend’s 33rd birthday on Saturday, November 9, when he and others were stoned, beaten and severely wounded by community members over suspicion that they were “gays.” “It was a birthday party, not an LGBT party,” said … [Read more...] about Monrovia party goers stoned and beaten over suspicion of being gay
Dear Readers, As may of you may have come to know, we run a news service which caters to the exclusive coverage of sexual minority in Liberia, thanks to help from Prof. Ken Harper of Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University. This service, aptly titled journalRAGE, began over a fit of anger felt in a homophobic, biased and … [Read more...] about Fueling the rage with a tinge of kindness: A Letter from the Editor
By Gboko Stewart, email@example.com Monrovia-When November Cole walked into a hall to audition as a model for the Runway Liberia fashion show 2017, it did not occur to him he would be chosen automatically without cat-walking for the judges. “It was the first audition I went for,” he says. “When I went for the audition, it was so funny—the lady saw me and told me … [Read more...] about Modeling with brains: November Cole struts the runway with storm
By Gboko Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org Logo of PSI. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia Monrovia-It was a rainy Saturday morning when lanky Mitch Johnson (not his real name) was chased and beaten in a quiet suburb on the outskirts of Monrovia for being gay. Johnson, 31, said he was recovering from an operation of appendicitis when he and some friends huddled in a … [Read more...] about Did PSI abandon victims of homophobic attack?
Monrovia-The Liberian transgender community is in a state of shock over the passing of trans socialite, Cute White. I worked very closely with Cute on some community activities and projects. She was dedicated not only to her work but also to the improvement of the lives of trans women in and around Liberia,” Karishma Richards-Kwofie, TNOL executive director Ms. Cute … [Read more...] about Transgender Community Mourns Loss of Cute White
Nearly a fortnight ago, Liberia’s gay community celebrated the closure of pride month at a discreet location. So discreet that it called for sexual minorities and allies to clad themselves in black to celebrate the passing of many—some of whom had died from AIDS, suicide, rape, hate crimes, discrimination , lack of access to adequate health care, lack of access to social … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Liberia’s LGBT Community Deserves Respect of Its Pride
Gboko Stewart, email@example.com Monrovia-The spokesperson of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, said at least five persons who were taken into protective custody during a violent attack which rocked the quiet suburbs of Sinkor has been released. The five individuals were part of a larger group of people who were attending a birthday … [Read more...] about Police release five victims of homophobia from ‘protective custody’
Monrovia- UNAIDS & the LGBT+ Foundation have launched the global LGBTI Survey on Happiness, Sex and Well-being. The survey seeks to generate evidence to better understand the socioecological environment of the LGBTI communities around the world and help direct advocacy and decision making in preventing HIV infections. The survey aims to inform how various factors (e.g. … [Read more...] about What is it like being LGBT in Liberia?