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

Africans are anti-gay it’is true not? Why Africans country people are against gay rights? Those two common questions pop often in different conversation 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 are really hostile with gay people.  I can’t the answer for myself. So I had to do some research to try to understand the situation and then writing a about it. And is exactly what I did!

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

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

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

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

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

are targeting any person who 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 country in Africa where this practice exist?

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

In some of those countries, homosexuality is a crime punishable death sentence. I am talking about , , Northern Nigeria, and South . Some other countries such as Malawi, Kenya, and are to Amnesty International the new hardliners. Those destinations are hostile against people from the LGBTI . Avoid them travel for business as a gay person.

The Mix-up message from the leaders!

Should a republic be laic or not? If ask any African leaders this question will tell straight no. Because African leaders often associate culture, , 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 Kenya’s Deputy President Dr.William Samoei Arap Ruto a very and modern leader what does he think about the LGBTI Community: “We will not homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and beliefs.”

Robert Mugabe President 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 need continuity in our race, and comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. and , no; Maria and Maria, no. are worse than dogs and pigs. I pigs and the male pig knows the female .” Declaration on ZDC , 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 President who made anti-homosexuality laws in much tougher said: “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 relationship and sexual practices are not new on this continent. It’s is evidence that homosexual practiced in Africa during the pre-colonial era.

to 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, 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 secret societies.

In some region such as Lusaka in to Cape-town in . only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by different communities in Southern Africa.  As we constating today 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 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 people may think. Despite the hostilities and some anti-gay barrier in African country Africans LGBTI community is strong than ever. Gay people in Africa are fighting for their basic rights. They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.