ArbroathA Cameroon appeal court on Monday overturned the convictions of two men found guilty of homosexuality and sentenced to five years in jail for cross-dressing and wearing make-up. Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon but recent incidents have highlighted growing tension between a largely conservative society and a younger generation less concerned by the issue. The two men, Singa Kimie (also known as Jonas Singa Kumie) and Ndjome Francky (also known as Franky Djome), were convicted in November 2011 and had already spent over a year in prison. Their lawyer, Alice Nkom, who campaigns for gay rights, said the court’s decision had been expected. “Their conviction was against the law because they were not actually seen or caught doing anything at the time the police arrested them,” she said. Homosexuality is illegal in many African countries. In Cameroon, the penalties range from six months to five years in jail. In 2011, there were 12 convictions.

Yes.

Absolutely these guys are gay. Who did they think they were fooling with that popped collar and coy smile? Maya Angelou here might as well be taking a picture of her two bald daughters. These guys got REAL lucky.

As an American and citizen of the world I personally have no problem with anyone being gay or whatever other sexuality (as long as they avoid children and unconsenting animals), but my opinions are far from those of much of Africa. You can get five years or KILLED for being gay in a lot of these places. So my question is: who did Singa Kimie and Ndjome Francky think they were fooling?

I understand being prideful and unafraid to be who you are and comfortable in your own skin and all that other fat teenage girl Facebook post bullshit, but in reality human beings gotta look out for their health. If you live in a country where it’s illegal to be gay, you probably shouldn’t be taking long strolls around the village with your boyfriend dressed like two dudes in line for a BeyoncĂ© concert. You may have been born that way, but the smart move is to subdue those proud Rosa Park instincts, put some bass in your voice, and not do a year in prison because you love a particular shade of lipstick.

PS – Actually, jail in Cameroon must be like the best gay orgy on the planet. Whole jail is packed full of regular-ass non-criminal gays with nothing else to do but each other.