Please find below some facts about how homosexuality is viewed in Africa.
Let’s start with some quotes by African Leaders and things they did:
— Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
◦ “sexual perverts”
◦ “lower than pigs and dogs”
◦ “we don’t believe they have rights at all”
— Museveni (Uganda)
◦ calling on the Ugandan police to arrest all homosexuals or anyone indulging in unnatural sexual practices
— Nujoma (Namibia)
◦ homosexuality was a “borrowed sub culture, alien to Africa and Africans”
— Lesbian women in South Africa are being raped by men who believe it will “cure” them of their sexual orientation, according to a shocking new report by ActionAid.
— ”Corrective” rape survivors interviewed by ActionAid for the report Hate Crimes: the rise of corrective rape in South Africa, said that verbal abuse from their attackers before and during the rape included them “teaching us a lesson” and “showing us how to be real women and what a real man tasted like.” The research was carried out in conjunction with ActionAid partners People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA), Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP).
— In 2007, the International Gay and Lesbian Association (IGLA) conducted a global survey on the legal status of homosexuality and found that 40 of Africa’s 53 countries had legislation that deemed homosexuality to be an illegal act. Overall, the IGLA cited anti-homosexual laws in 91 countries worldwide, with Africa therefore accounting for almost 50% of all homophobic legislation. A similar study conducted in 2009 found that no less than 80 countries around the world considered homosexuality illegal. In five of these - including Sudan, as well as parts of Nigeria and Somalia - homosexual acts were said to be punishable with death.
PS: I did not personally do this research but a very good friend of mine did; so credits go to him.
I don’t know if there is any way I can comment about this without having to get emotional and angry.
I simply hope that people, all over the globe, become more aware, understanding, respectful, and yes: civilised!
(I will be posting some other interesting research soon)