African homosexual couples come out strong online with trending hashtag

Homosexual couples flaunting their partners using the hashtag

It is still a taboo topic but homosexuality is gaining grounds in Africa where most countries are highly intolerant of homosexuality and have high-security risks for same-sex couples.

South Africa is the only country on the continent where same-sex marriage is allowed. Besides Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Mozambique and Rwanda where it is legal without guaranteed protections, homosexuality is illegal in the rest of Africa.

Despite the risks, some African homosexual couples are trending on Twitter using the hashtag #FineQueerCouples. Most of the LGBTI couples are from South Africa and are posting pictures of themselves with intimate captions expressing their love for their partners.

The hashtag has turned into a movement for some LGBTI rights activists who want homosexuality to be legalized in Africa.

However, those opposing the legalisation of homosexuality were quick to condemn and express their displeasure with the hashtag in the midst of the excitement.

It is evident that sexual attraction or relationship between members of the same sex or gender is evolving from being a hidden practice to a symbol of pride.

Here are some posts by same-sex couples on Twitter:

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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