Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies

Department/Program

Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

karina Hodoyan

Abstract

Cameroon, one of the countries in the world that continues to criminalize homosexuality, has been on the news recently due to the torture and murder of young journalist and gay activist, Eric Ohena. This paper examines the discrimination faced by the LGBTI community in Cameroon by exploring the origins of homophobic violence, the role played by Cameroon's legal system, and the struggles of LGBTI Cameroonians in their fight for a better life. The analysis includes a review of the work by scholars on colonialism and sexuality in Africa, and questions the roots of violence and abuse against the LGBTI community by Cameroonians. The paper concludes with recommendations for effective and coordinated advocacy for and by LGBTI people inside and outside Cameroon in order to dismantle the bigoted actions and attitudes and work toward a more tolerant society.