Pape Mbaye, an entertainer from Senegal who was granted asylum in the U.S. because of the threat of persecution at home over his sexual orientation, is putting a well-known face on the threats faced by gays and lesbians in many African countries. "In most countries there is poverty and instability, and usually homosexuality is used as a way of shifting the attention from the actual problem to this thing that is not really the problem but can distract the public," said Cameroon native Joel Nana, who works for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

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