Lesbian activist, Fannyann Eddy remembered
Candlelight vigil and wreath-laying
November 15, 2004
LONDON — The murdered leader of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association
(SLLAGA), Fannyann Eddy, 30, was honoured at a candlelight vigil and
wreath laying outside the Sierra Leone High Commission in London on Tuesday 9 November 2004.
Sixty LGBT activists gathered in London to condemn the brutal slaying of Fannyann Eddy – Photo Chris Houston, � 2004 OutRage!
Sixty LGBT activists gathered to condemn her brutal slaying. They
called on the Sierra Leone government to bring her killers to justice
and to end the persecution of LGBT people in the West African nation.
Fannyann Eddy was raped, stabbed and had her neck broken on the night
of 28/29 September 2004 by assailants who broke into SLLAGA�s office
�Fannyann Eddy was a beautiful woman and human being, a wonderful
partner and mother, a courageous lesbian campaigner and a hero of the
unfinished African liberation struggle,� Peter Tatchell of the queer
human rights group OutRage! told the mourners.
�She fought for queer freedom under conditions of great adversity and
persecution that none of us will ever know or experience.
�Her battle for lesbian and gay liberation in Sierra Leone is a
continuation of the African liberation movement that began with the
battles against colonialism and for national liberation.
�The best way we can honour Fannyann is by supporting the many other
African LGBT campaigners fighting homophobic oppression in countries
like Uganda, Zambia, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Egypt, Namibia and
�They need our solidarity. Don�t wait until they are dead like
Fannyann. Act now to ensure they win queer liberation for all of
Africa�s LGBT people.
�Fannyann fought for queer human rights, despite threats and great
personal danger. Thanks to her efforts, lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transsexual people in Sierra Leone have begun to achieve visibility.
She helped lay the foundation for queer human rights in Sierra Leone,�
Mr Tatchell added.
Fannyann made a submission last April to the UN Committee on Human
rights at the Geneva, which discussed the Brazilian Resolution. This
resolution would have acknowledged sexual orientation as a legitimate
human right. In her impassioned presentation she highlighted the
vigilante violence and State-sponsored oppression that lesbian and gay
people face in many parts of Africa.
�We face constant harassment and violence from neighbours and others.
Their homophobic attacks go unpunished by authorities, further
encouraging their discriminatory and violent treatment of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people," Fannyann told the Committee.
"Silence creates vulnerability. You, members of the Commission on
Human Rights, can break the silence. You can acknowledge that we
exist, throughout Africa and on every continent, and that human rights
violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are
committed every day. You can help us combat those violations and
achieve our full rights and freedoms, in every society, including my
beloved Sierra Leone," she added. – Issued by OutRage!
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