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

Africans are anti-gay ’is true or ? Why Africans country people are against gay rights? Those common questions pop often in different conversation I engaged with people in of -York.

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

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

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

However, Paul Makonda latest anti-gay initiative hits the headlines and became a backlash for the government. After organization protested against this practice. To avoid the government made in the future a in .

For this particular reason, the Tanzanian government under pressure. Has distanced itself from Makonda’s latest homophobia initiative publicly after five of trendy 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 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 country in Africa where this practice exist?

The answer was taking to long to pop on my google request. It appears Tanzania is the African country hunting people from the LGBTI . 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 punishable death sentence. I am talking about , Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia. Some other countries such as , Kenya, and Egypt are according to Amnesty the hardliners. Those destinations are hostile against people from the LGBTI . Avoid them you travel for leisure or business as a gay .

The Mix-up message from the African leaders!

Should a republic be laic or ? If you any African leaders this question they will tell straight no. Because African leaders often associate culture, religion, Christianity, and Islam in the same . Just to juxtapose their thesis and lay down their anti-gay theory and for outlawing homosexuality period.

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

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

Robert Mugabe President of is of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I share of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We , was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the , and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the .” Declaration on ZDC radio interview, 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 important 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 relationships have practiced in Africa during the pre-colonial era.

According 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 sexual identities.

However, these researchers also show homosexuality was not practiced openly among men 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 such as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in Africa. people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by different 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 more open than what people may think. Despite the hostilities and some anti-gay barrier in African country Africans LGBTI community is more strong than ever. Gay people in Africa are fighting for their basic . They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.