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

Africans are anti-gay it’is true or not? Why many Africans country are against gay ? Those two common questions pop often in different conversation I engaged in community of New-.

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

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

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

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

For 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 , the Magufuli administration is strongly launching an officious and ferocious battle-ground activity against homosexuality.

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 country in where this practice exist?

The answer not taking to long to pop my google request. It appears Tanzania is not the only African country hunting people from the LGBTI communities. other countries are quietly famous for their brutal offensive against gay people. I found 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 Somalia. Some other countries such as Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt are according to Amnesty International the new hardliners. Those are hostile against people from the LGBTI community. Avoid them when travel for leisure or business as a gay .

The Mix-up message from the African leaders!

Should a republic be laic or not? If any African leaders this question 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 by Kenya’s Deputy President Dr.William Samoei Arap Ruto a very and leader what does he think about the LGBTI Community: “We not homosexuality in our as it violates our and beliefs.”

Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe is of the verbal anti-gay leaders I two of his inflammatory quotes about homosexuality: “We , he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the , and no to homosexuality. and , 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 radio interview, 2015

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new ’ 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 important research on African culture from the shown that same- relationship and sexual practices are not new on this continent. It’s is evidence that homosexual relationships have practiced in 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 as a part of their sexual identities.

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

In some such as Lusaka in 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 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 rights. They Just Want To Be Free, To Be Who They Are.