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Share your experiences in SENEGAL - Let others know what it’s like to be LGBTI in your country! If an experience is meaningful for you, it will probably be meaningful for someone else. On whatever topic, whether good or bad, your story is how the world knows about your country and LGBTI life. By selecting tags that mark the topic your story, others can learn from your experience.
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I can't you my name sorry :/ (user currently living in SENEGAL) posted for lesbian readers on 24/06/2013 tagged with laws and leadership
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Oh f*ck, in my country they wanna criminalize homosexuality. As if it wasn't already f*cking tough for us because we CANT be gay in here, we're absolutely not allowed to. The whole system of this country is completly homophobic, even press. 2 days ago I bought a newspaper and I read something about 2 guys "caught while kissing" , people who saw them beated them up then they went with them to the police station. The 2 gay guys who where strangers in the country were kinda relieved to see the police because 5 people kicked their asses for no reason, they explained the story and guess what? The cops put them in jail & they will be judged in 2weeks and risk 5-10 years of imprisonment. But now the Senegalese system is kind "of fed up" of many gays coming in the country (tourists) so they said they'll think about considering it as a crime (15 years of imprisonnement or more). I dont know what the f*ck is happening here anymore I feel like Im the only lesbian, there's no lesbian chicks or any LGBTQI partisant/activist but meand 14 friends ; seriouly we're 14 gays in this country. When finally arrives the weekend, in parties, I can even pick up a girl without a wary. Because this situation makes me paranoic, Im always like is she a cop? Will she be shocked of my sexuality? Am I gonna f*ck or die in prison? I cant stand it anymore like I'll never be able to have a girlfriend here in my country, the country where I spent half of my life because its gonna be illegal, considered as a crime. Tss, I have to prepare the revolution
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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
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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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