Gambia To Toughen Anti-gay Laws By Banning All LGBT Rights Organizations and Advocacy

Momodou SaballyIn a statement to the press on Friday, Gambia’s Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally announced legislation to further toughen anti-LGBT laws in the West African nation by banning all LGBT rights advocacy.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Gambia and can be punished with up to 14 years in prison.  

Sabally said the government plans to strengthen its efforts to ward off any attempt to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes in The Gambia and that his country "will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid" – likely in reference to the U.S. recently imposing a series of sanctions on Uganda over the country's own anti-gay laws.

In the past, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been outspoken about his hatred of gays – announcing his plans back in 2008 to 'cut off the head' of any homosexual caught in his country. 


  1. MaryM says

    All aid to that dump must stop.

    Civilised countries have no obligation to 3rd world beggars who decide to persecute entire groups of people.

    Gambia needs a nice famine.

  2. Qj201 says

    And how many US evangelicals have been racking up frequent flier miles advising Gambian officials?

    You know, maybe the xtofacists should move to Africa, but oh yeah, black people.

  3. Josh M. says

    I’m trying to remember the last time I thought of Gambia and its contributions to world knowledge and culture. People who accept aid money from the “evil West” don’t get to negotiate terms.

  4. Christopher King says

    Yet another country we in the first world should stop propping up. Stop buying their nuts

  5. jamal49 says

    @MARYM Gee, that sure was christian of you. Love your new stupidity-do, too. You wear it very well.

    Sit down and shut up.

  6. Terry says

    let that cesspool of a continent rot in their own ignorance. They want to be bigots in the name of some god then let them pray for aid and see what this disembodied consciousness gives them. Religion makes people stupid while providing them with a reason to hate. Africa has problems and gay citizens are not on the list.

  7. Herewegoagain says

    How come anti-gay people of color have racism directed towards them, but white anti-gay people don’t?

  8. MaryM says

    Jamal49 – yes it was christian of me wasn’t it. Wishing harm and despair onto people is a very christian value after all.

  9. SFshawn says

    Are Africans really that stupid?
    Do they even have an education system in Africa?
    They always look and sound like subhuman animals?
    I hope their GAWD gives them peace in their blind hatred of others and the evil ‘West’. :) LOL.

  10. REALLY says

    And I noticed that when someone says something racist against white people you have nothing to say, funny that. Below are just a few out the over 10,000 results I got by doing a simple query search on towleroad

  11. REALLY says

    And to be clear let me call out people SFSHAWN and his “subhuman animals” remark.

    F U Shawn, change you name to STD-Shawn I’m sure it’ll fit better.

  12. Marshall says


    Thank you for your racism. It certainly shows us how vile and hypocritical you are. Your willingness to cast aspersions on an continent of people and then dehumanize them helps us to understand how pathetic you are.

    Russia and other Eastern European countries have equally harsh anti-gay laws. WHITE American evangelical Christians have led the charge to implement anti-gay policies and laws in Africa. They provide framework, moral encouragement, and financial assistance.

    People like you ignore the fact that LGBT people in the U.S. still can be fired from their jobs and denied housing. You ignore the religious persecution of gays that still occurs. You ignore the fact that one of two major U.S. political parties uses anti-gay rhetoric and laws to divide and conquer the electorate.

    But hey, why think of facts? So, screw you and your evil racism.