"I Have to Be Open" : The sparkling and strong LGBTQ community in Guinea Bissau
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Vandhino puts on makeup as two other members of the LGBT community look on at Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     
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 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Marsalina gets ready for Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 13, 2018) - Anniseto, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as female, dances at a nightclub in Bissau.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 11, 2018) - Vandhino kisses a friend to greet him during Carnaval festivities in Bissau.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Yvonne greets friends at her birthday party.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 15, 2018) - Bissau is the capital of Guinea Bissau in West Africa. Unlike neighborhing Senegal and Gambia, homosexuality is not criminlized in the former Portuguese colony.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Va jokes with Ivan as they prepare for her birthday party.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 10, 2018) - Vandhino and Edmilson, both members of Guinea Bissau's LGBT community celebrate at a for a child's birthday party. Gay men and transgender women in Bissau are often invited to help prepare food and decorations for local parties. They say their friendship among each other gives them strength to face the discrimination and stigma they often face for being open about their sexuality and gender, though Bissau is more tolerant of the LGBT community than surrounding countries.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Ivan and Leondro pose for a photo with another friend at Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 12, 2018) - Ivan (left) greet as friend during Carnaval festivities.
       
     
 Flowers on the ground in Bissau.
       
     
"I Have to Be Open" : The sparkling and strong LGBTQ community in Guinea Bissau
       
     
"I Have to Be Open" : The sparkling and strong LGBTQ community in Guinea Bissau

As published in The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/style/guinea-bissau-lgbtq-west-africa.html

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (April 9, 2018) - Branca poses in Bissau's "Old Bissau" area.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Vandhino puts on makeup as two other members of the LGBT community look on at Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Vandhino puts on makeup as two other members of the LGBT community look on at Yvonne's birthday party.

6BISSAU_LGBT_PORTRAITS_PORTFOLIO_APRIL2018-5-2.jpg
       
     
 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Marsalina gets ready for Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Marsalina gets ready for Yvonne's birthday party.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 13, 2018) - Anniseto, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as female, dances at a nightclub in Bissau.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 13, 2018) - Anniseto, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as female, dances at a nightclub in Bissau.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 11, 2018) - Vandhino kisses a friend to greet him during Carnaval festivities in Bissau.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 11, 2018) - Vandhino kisses a friend to greet him during Carnaval festivities in Bissau.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Yvonne greets friends at her birthday party.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Yvonne greets friends at her birthday party.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 15, 2018) - Bissau is the capital of Guinea Bissau in West Africa. Unlike neighborhing Senegal and Gambia, homosexuality is not criminlized in the former Portuguese colony.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 15, 2018) - Bissau is the capital of Guinea Bissau in West Africa. Unlike neighborhing Senegal and Gambia, homosexuality is not criminlized in the former Portuguese colony.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Va jokes with Ivan as they prepare for her birthday party.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Va jokes with Ivan as they prepare for her birthday party.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 10, 2018) - Vandhino and Edmilson, both members of Guinea Bissau's LGBT community celebrate at a for a child's birthday party. Gay men and transgender women in Bissau are often invited to help prepare food and decorations for local parties. They say their friendship among each other gives them strength to face the discrimination and stigma they often face for being open about their sexuality and gender, though Bissau is more tolerant of the LGBT community than surrounding countries.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 10, 2018) - Vandhino and Edmilson, both members of Guinea Bissau's LGBT community celebrate at a for a child's birthday party. Gay men and transgender women in Bissau are often invited to help prepare food and decorations for local parties. They say their friendship among each other gives them strength to face the discrimination and stigma they often face for being open about their sexuality and gender, though Bissau is more tolerant of the LGBT community than surrounding countries.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Ivan and Leondro pose for a photo with another friend at Yvonne's birthday party.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 16, 2018) - Ivan and Leondro pose for a photo with another friend at Yvonne's birthday party.

 Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 12, 2018) - Ivan (left) greet as friend during Carnaval festivities.
       
     

Bissau, Guinea Bissau (February 12, 2018) - Ivan (left) greet as friend during Carnaval festivities.

 Flowers on the ground in Bissau.
       
     

Flowers on the ground in Bissau.