The State We're In - 7 August 2010. A special edition of the program looking at what it is like to be gay throughout Africa with voices from Namibia, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa.
We're always searching for personal stories about human rights and how we treat each other.
Do you have a story to share with us? If so click here.
Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages where you can discuss the program and send in ideas.
Download the latest podcast or subscribe in iTunes.
A giant closet
Africa is not a place to be out and proud. Homosexual acts are illegal in 37 countries on the continent. In Uganda, homophobic legislation is still being considered despite international pressure. Jonathan is joined by Ian Swartz, founder of a gay rights organisation in Namibia, and Scott Long from Human Rights Watch in New York.
Lorenzo is a hairdresser in Cameroon. He met a man in a bar, they clicked and decided to live together. Lorenzo later spent seven months in prison without trial.
Ian Swartz founded the Rainbow Project in Namibia at a time when its president began to vilify gays and lesbians. The Home Affairs Minister called for their elimination and became known as the Minister for Homophobic Affairs. Ian talks about both his abuse and his determination to create change.
Prince Macdonald describes himself as gay, proud and African. He lives in the Ghanaian capital Accra and talks about how he tries to enjoy life as much as possible, despite homosexual acts being illegal in his country,
Her real name is Mapaseka but everyone calls her Steve. She was young when she came out to her family. It wasn’t easy but they eventually accepted her. But when she was 15, She was raped by a family friend who believed she should be shown what it’s like to be a ‘real’ woman. Despite a constitution protecting gay and lesbians, she still feels unsafe.
Link: Video interviews with South African victims of 'corrective rape' from The Guardian.