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Mozambique's LGBTQ Community Finds a Home in 'Hotel Luso'
For the photographer and human rights activist Daniel Jack Lyons, the faded glory of Hotel Luso was the perfect location to capture the spirit of some of the queer Mozambicans he's met since coming to Mozambique in the mid-2000s to work on public health projects throughout the country. In that time, Lyons witnessed firsthand the evolution of LGBTQ rights in the East African country yet, despite the national legislature passing some of the most progressive anti-discrimination laws on the continent, he also saw the stigma that his friends within the community continued to struggle against.
In his new photo series, the advocate continues his work of championing LGBTQ communities around the world. Click through to check out more and see what he had to say about the LGBTQ Mozambican activists who helped inspire Hotel Luso and why the new generation of queer people are risking everything to live openly in our exclusive interview with the photographer.
Photography by Daniel Jack Lyons.