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

Africans anti-gay it’is true or not? Why many Africans country people against gay rights? Those two common questions often in different I engaged with people in the of New-York.

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

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

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

, Paul Makonda latest anti-gay initiative hits the 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 Tanzania.

For this particular reason, the Tanzanian government public pressure. Has 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 ferocious battle-ground activity against homosexuality.

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

The answer was not taking to long to on my google request. It appears Tanzania is not the only African country hunting people the LGBTI communities. Some other countries are quietly 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 death sentence. I am talking about , , Northern Nigeria, and South Somalia. Some other countries such as Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt are to Amnesty the new hardliners. Those destinations are hostile against people the LGBTI . Avoid them when you travel for leisure or business as a gay .

The Mix-up message from the African !

Should a republic be laic or not? If you any African this they will tell straight no. Because African 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In some region such as Lusaka in to Cape-town in . When only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as by different communities in Southern Africa.  As we constating today the 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 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.