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

Africans anti-gay it’ true not? Why Africans country against gay rights? Those common questions pop often different I engaged with the community of New-.

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

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

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

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

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

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

They targeting any person who is suspecting being of the LGBTI community: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex. Surprised by 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 pop my google . It appears Tanzania is not the only African 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 more than 34 countries on .

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

The Mix-up message 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 , religion, Christianity, and Islam in the same . Just to juxtapose their thesis and lay their anti-gay theory and for outlawing homosexuality period.

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

I will start by Kenya’s Deputy President Dr.William Samoei Arap Ruto a very and 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 Zimbabwe is one of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We continuity in our race, and comes from the woman, 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 female one.” 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 from the past shown that same-sex 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 these studies the Africans, equally like other folks around the globe. always exploring sexuality from a different angle, and practicing homosexuality as a 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 secret societies.

In some region such as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in . When 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 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 human rights. They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.

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