On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, former fellow Robbie Corey-Boulet spoke with trustee Fabrice Houdart about LGBTQ+ activism in Africa, Robbie’s book Love Falls on Us, A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives, and his fellowship in West Africa. With an introduction by former Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford.



Robbie Corey-Boulet

AFP correspondent in Ethiopia and author, former ICWA fellow (2013-2015) in Ivory Coast and Cameroon researching LGBTQ+ activism and homophobia.


Fabrice Houdart

ICWA trustee; managing director, Out Leadership; former human rights officer, United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights.



Rufus Gifford

Former US Ambassador to Denmark; deputy campaign manager for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign; former candidate for US Congress in Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district.



In conjunction with ICWA’s development of the David Mixner LGBTQ+ Fellowship to advance understanding of the challenges facing global LGBTQ+ rights.

Special thanks to Jean-Pierre Comte, CEO of Barilla North America and Kristen Anderson, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Barilla, Steven Guy, Terrence Meck, and Rob Smith for their generous support of the Mixner Fellowship.


Top photo: Gay Pride in Johannesburg, South Africa (Diricia De Wet Wikimedia Commons)