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

Africans are anti-gay it’is true or not? Why Africans people are against gay rights? Those common questions pop often different conversation I engaged people the of New-York.

I wish I could answer a certain way explain the reason. Why Africans people are really hostile gay people.  I can’t find the answer for myself. So I had do research try understand the situation writing a blog post about it.  is exactly what I did!

I started my inquiry about 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 chase down anybody “suspected” of homosexuality practice.

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

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

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

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

They are targeting any who is suspecting being part 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 . other countries are quietly for brutal offensive against gay people. I that being gay is prohibited in more than 34 countries on .

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

The Mix-up message from the African !

Should a republic be laic or not? If you ask any African this question they will tell no. Because African often associate culture, religion, Christianity, and Islam in the same . Just to juxtapose thesis and lay down anti-gay theory and for outlawing homosexuality period.

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

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

Robert Mugabe of is one of the verbal anti-gay leaders I share of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We ask, was 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 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 Uganda President who made anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda 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 same-sex relationship and sexual practices are not new on this continent. It’s is evidence that homosexual have practiced in Africa during the pre-colonial era.

According to these studies the Africans, equally like other folks around the globe. Have always exploring sexuality from a different angle, and practicing homosexuality 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 power, ancestral animist , and initiatic groups, and secret societies.

In some such as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in South Africa. only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by different in Southern Africa.  As we constating today the 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.