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

Africans anti-gay it’is true or ? Why many Africans country against gay rights? Those two common questions pop often different conversation I engaged community of New-York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

They are targeting any who is suspecting being of the LGBTI community: 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 taking to long to pop my google request. It appears Tanzania is the only country hunting people from the LGBTI communities. Some other countries are quietly famous for their brutal offensive against gay people. I being gay is prohibited in than 34 countries on the continent.

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

The Mix-up from the African leaders!

Should a republic be laic or ? If any African leaders this question they will tell straight no. Because African leaders often associate , , 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 said I their anti-gay crusaders!

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

Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe is one of the most verbal anti-gay leaders I share two of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We , was he born out of homosexuality? We continuity in our race, and comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. and , no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I pigs and the pig knows the female 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 President who made anti-homosexuality laws in tougher said: “disgusting” and labeled homosexuality “a western import”.

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

Some important research on African from the past shown that relationship and 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 of their 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 power, ancestral animist religions, and initiatic groups, and societies.

In some region such as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in South Africa. only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as by different 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 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 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.