Bringing out the voices of LGBTI+ youth in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo


LGBTI+ advocacy group, Jeunialissime, uses the power of radio to combat discrimination and to get LGBTI+ youth in DRC speaking about their lives and their concerns.

Patou Izai is an LGBTI+ activist in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2011, Patou told his family that he was gay. It was difficult for him to do, and caused difficulties in his relationship with his family. He knew so many young people in DRC who had similar struggles, and who wanted to help. This led him to establish Jeunialissime, a LGBTI+ advocacy group in DRC. Patou and his group members use the power of radio to get LGBTI youth in DRC speaking about their lives and their concerns, and to chip away at stigma and discrimination in society at large.

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