The Counseling And Support Program
For LGBTQ+ Youth, Families And Allies
In Senegal and in the US

I n Senegal Same sex relationship is defined as “an act against nature and is punishable by the Senegalese law”
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Senegal are continuously harassed and discriminated against in society.
A survey of 59 lesbian, gay and bisexual, Senegalese adults, found that more than half of them experienced threats or offensive comments on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity. Most of those surveyed also reported that their friends, allies or family member have been harassed or have experienced violence.
Pew Global Attitudes Project, reported that 97% of Senegal residents believe that homosexuality is a way of life that society should not accept.

This program is called CYLABOK. It is derived from the Wolof
language which is commonly spoken in Senegal.

CYLABOK means: I am a part of society.

CYLABOK Is a free, confidential, counseling and support program for LGBTQ youth in Senegal.

CYLABOK offers live help from trained volunteer counselors, open 24/7.  Some of the areas we provide counseling and support for include depression, anxiety, relationships, substance abuse and coming out support.

Free HIV testing, group and individual therapy will also be provided as soon as the LGBTQ center is operational.

A word from our Founder

The Founder of Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal, Mrs. Natty N Loeschke, expresses her excitement about the upcoming launch of the LGBTQ support program in Senegal & in the US and says:
"It is a privilege to contribute toward Human Rights and safe spaces for the LGBTQ community. I immigrated to the US from Senegal with a dream to learn English and further my education. I am now a Cyber security engineer and a proud holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from an American University. The US has given me the opportunity to be educated and develop the skills I need to create employment for myself and for the community. Today, I would like to share this blessing with the children of Senegal, and to help foster an inclusive society for the LGBTQ community in the US and in Senegal.
The overall mission of the program CYLABOK is to provide safe, accepting and inclusive environments for LGBTQ persons.
The beauty of love is its ability to touch without seeing, and feel without touching, As an LGBTQ Ally, I strongly stand for same sex relations because I believe in love and I also believe that love sees no gender."