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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They are targeting any 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 country in where this practice exist?

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

In some of those countries, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death sentence. I am talking about , Sudan, Nigeria, and South . Some other countries as Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt are according to Amnesty the hardliners. Those destinations are hostile against people from the LGBTI community. Avoid when you travel for or business as a gay .

The Mix-up from the African leaders!

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

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

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

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I share two of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We 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 female one.” Declaration on ZDC , 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 much tougher : “disgusting” and labeled homosexuality “a western import”.

But, where this African anti-gay behavior came from?

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

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

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

In some region as Lusaka in to Cape-town in South Africa. When only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by 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 behavior not representing Africans culture all.

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

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