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Arnold Nicholaus

Arnold Amos Nicholaus

Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF)

Arnold Amos Nicholaus is a Tanzania Gay Activist and a feminist working to advance the rights of Sexual and Marginalized Communities. Arnold is an aspiring Advocate with a Diploma in Law. Arnold believes in the strength of numbers and believes in empowering marginalized communities to strengthen the movement. Arnold has also been noted to be an outstanding planner and strategist. He was selected to be in the Legal Committee of the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) back in 2016. Arnold is also a current sitting member of the Key and Vulnerable Population (KVP) as Co- Chair. He also represents the Gay Population in the forthcoming Bio Behavioral Study (BBS). He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF). Equality to those who have had it feels like a loss. - Chelsea Handler from Franklin Leonard.

LGBT+ Tanzania_Source: Twitter

Since mid-2016, the government has notably increased its repression of LGBTI rights defenders. Such defenders are therefore forced to keep a low profile and generally operate underground. Homophobia is widespread in Tanzania and same-sex relations are criminalised with a penalty of 30 years in prison if found guilty.