Africa Anti-Gay, Homophobia versus African
Does homophobia be an African behavior or a western import one?

Africans are anti-gay it’ true or not? Why many Africans country people are against gay rights? Those two common questions pop often in different conversation I engaged with people in blogging community of -York.

I wish I could answer them in a certain way explain reason. Why in some Africans country people are really hostile with gay people. But I ’t find answer for myself. So I had do some research try understand situation and then writing a about it. And this what I did!

I my inquiry about the I rapidly find . The governor of ’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced on October 29th, 2018. He formed an élite force unit anybody “suspected” of homosexuality practice.

Paul Makonda a vehement conservative Christian. Who openly anti-gay in his country. But Makonda also an alongside ally of Mister Magufuli. Who is the actual President of ?  President Magufuli is a pure traditionalist. Who believes homosexuality is the worst thing that happen in a .

However, Paul Makonda latest anti-gay initiative hits the news headlines and became a backlash for the government. After many human rights organization protested against this practice. To avoid the government made it in the become a public policy in .

For this particular reason, the Tanzanian government under public pressure. distanced itself Makonda’s latest homophobia initiative publicly after five days of trendy public denunciation.

Notwithstanding, the government denounces Makonda’s on the media. But in action, the Magufuli administration is strongly launching an officious and ferocious battle-ground activity against homosexuality.

They are any person who is suspecting being part of the LGBTI community: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex. Surprised by what I learned so far. I wondered if Tanzania is only one country in Africa where this practice exist?

The answer was not to long to pop on my google request. It appears Tanzania is not the only African country hunting people the LGBTI communities. Some other countries are quietly famous for their brutal offensive against gay people. I found that being gay is prohibited in more than 34 countries on .

In some of those countries, homosexuality is a crime punishable by . I am talking about Mauritania, , Nigeria, and South . Some other countries Malawi, , and Egypt are according to Amnesty International the hardliners. Those destinations are hostile against people the LGBTI community. Avoid them you for leisure or a gay person.

The Mix-up from the African leaders!

Should a republic be laic or not? If you ask any African leaders this question they tell straight no. Because African leaders often associate , religion, Christianity, and Islam in the same basket. Just to juxtapose their thesis and lay their anti-gay theory and for outlawing homosexuality period.

Let’s oversight what some African leaders said I their anti-gay crusaders!

I by ’s Deputy President Dr.William Samoei Arap Ruto a very bright and modern leader what does he think about the LGBTI Community: “We not allow homosexuality in our it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.”

Robert Mugabe President of is one of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I share two of his inflammatory about homosexuality: “We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. and , no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I pigs and the male pig knows the one.” Declaration on ZDC radio , 2015

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘ rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays!” Declaration UNGA, 2015

Yoweri Museveni Uganda President who made anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda tougher said: “disgusting” and labeled homosexuality “a western import”.

But, where this African anti-gay came from?

Some important research on African from the past shown that same- relationship and sexual practices are not new on this continent. It’s is evidence that homosexual relationships practiced in Africa during the pre-colonial era.

According to these studies the Africans, equally like other folks around the globe. always exploring sexuality from a different angle, and practicing homosexuality as a part of their sexual identities.

However, these researchers also show homosexuality was not practiced openly among and women. The culture existed but was organized in inner circle and link with power, ancestral animist religions, and initiatic groups, and societies.

In some as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in South Africa. only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by different communities in Southern Africa.  As we constating the most hostile and anti-gay laws recorded in Africa were actually promulgated by colonial governments.

The anti-homosexuality laws in Africa were supported by the influence of Catholic and Protestant Christian dogma and rigid interpretation of Islam fanatics. This not representing Africans culture all.

Africa as a continent is bigger than that and Africans culture actually is more open than what many people may think. Despite the hostilities and some anti-gay barrier in many African country Africans LGBTI community is more strong than ever. Gay people in Africa are fighting for their basic human rights. They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.