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

Africans are anti-gay it’ true or ? Why many Africans country people are against gay rights? Those two common questions pop often in different conversation I engaged with people in the New-York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

are targeting any person 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 only one country in Africa where this practice exist?

The answer was to long to pop on my google request. It appears Tanzania is the only African country hunting people the LGBTI communities. Some other countries are quietly for brutal offensive against gay people. I that being gay is prohibited in more than 34 countries on the African continent.

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

The Mix-up from the African leaders!

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

Let’s oversight what some African leaders I 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 : “We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and beliefs.”

Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe is one of the 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 that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.” Declaration on ZDC 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 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 research on African culture from the past shown that relationship and practices are not new on this continent. It’s is evidence that homosexual have practiced in Africa during the pre-colonial era.

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

, 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 such as Lusaka in Zambia to Cape-town in South Africa. When only people practiced homosexuality, but also they accepted as normal by different communities 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 many people may think. Despite the hostilities and some anti-gay barrier in many 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.