The first South Sudanese gay, Mach Nhiany has formed a non-governmental organization that will fight and advocates for Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in South Sudan.

The NGO, Nilepride was allegedly registered in South Sudan and according to a source close to Mach the organization will embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the mass on gay rights.

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Mach, who resides in The United State of America became the first openly gay man in 2013 and since then he has been very vocal about gay rights.

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LGBT persons in South Sudan face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal and carries a penalty of up to ten years’ imprisonment.