It’s emerged that a gay West African who was made a fugitive in his home country has been granted leave to stay in the USA.
Pape Mbaye – a 24-year-old Senegalese native – had been accused of arranging a gay wedding, and was pursued by angry mobs.
The Boston website Edge tells the story, saying it’s “one of a scant few instances in which a gay foreigner has been taken in because he would be in danger if left in his home nation”.
Mbaye earned his living in Dakar as a singer and danger, until the story appeared in February in a magazine about a purported gay wedding. And that was when his troubles began.
“I feel good,” Mbaye is quoted as saying of being in America. “There’s security, there’s independence, there’s peace.”