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

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

I wish I could answer in way explain the reason. Why in some Africans country people really hostile with gay people. But I can’t find the answer for myself. So I had do some try understand the situation and writing post it. And this is exactly what I did!

I started my inquiry the subject I rapidly find online. The governor of Tanzania’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced October 29th, . He formed an élite special force unit to chase 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 Magufuli. Who is the President of Tanzania?  President Magufuli is a pure traditionalist. Who believes homosexuality is the worst thing that can happen in a society.

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

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

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

They targeting any person who is suspecting being part of the LGBTI community: 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 not taking to to pop my google . It appears Tanzania is not the only country hunting people from the LGBTI communities. Some other countries are quietly for their brutal offensive against gay people. I that being gay is prohibited in than 34 countries the continent.

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

The Mix-up message from the African leaders!

Should a republic be laic or not? If ask any African leaders this question they tell 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.

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

I 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 not homosexuality in our society as it violates our and cultural beliefs.”

Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe is of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I share of his inflammatory about homosexuality: “We ask, 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 keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.” Declaration on ZDC radio interview, 2015

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘ ’ 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 said: “disgusting” and labeled homosexuality “a western import”.

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

Some important on African culture from the 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.

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

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

In some as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in South Africa. only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by 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 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 human rights. They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.