30 Jun 2016

Gay Men Attacked In Cote d’Ivoire For Showing Support For Orlando Victims

Six gay men were attacked in Cote d’Ivoire and forced to flee their homes after they were pictured signing a condolence book for the victims of the recent attack on a gay night club in Florida, reports National Helm.

The U.S. embassy in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan hosted an event a fortnight ago to honor the Florida victims and published a photo of the six men on its website with the caption: ‘LGBTI community signing the condolence book’.

Days after the tribute, one of the men in the photo was attacked by a mob in his neighbourhood.

Another man in the picture was also attacked after the photo was circulated on Facebook and other websites, said the head of an Abidjan-based gay rights group, who asked to remain anonymous.

The other four men in the photo were verbally abused, and all six fled their homes, he added.

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