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SJ (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 08/10/2010 tagged with at the work place, sexual orientation, illegality of female to female relationships
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. I lived in a rural village for two years. I lied to my host family, friends, and strangers alike, saying that my best friend (a gay PCV also in Senegal) was my boyfriend/husband. While we were in training, a gay couple had a commitment ceremony, were discovered, and they and all those in attendance were thrown in jail. Upon extensive pressing, our trainers finally blurted out that their crime was performing "a crime against nature". Near the end of my service, in a conversation with my host family, I asked what the term for a lesbian was in Wolof (a gay man is called a "man-woman"); they told me lesbians didn't exist. At one point in the capital city, at a party thrown by rastafarians, I did see a group of lesbians, but didn't have a chance to talk to them about their lives. We had a support group meeting for the GLBT PCV's in Gambia, Mauritania, and Senegal, and it was established that, while gays are by no means safe or accepted in Senegal, they are better off than in Mauritania or Gambia; the Gambian president that year had threatened to round up and behead all the gays in his country. Needless to say, this provoked a backlash, and he later claimed he meant only host country nationals, not foreigners or tourists.
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