Amazing video. Africa doesn't even acknowledge gays and lesbians talk more of trans-gendered people. Its a long road ahead....Donald
Hello Donald, welcome and thank you for your comment.. Africans are now being forced to recognise the existence in their midst of LGBT people, hence the homophobic uproar of recent times. In fact, I think that the Ugandans, for instance, considering passing even more stringent anti-homosexuality legislation, (when homosexual sex is already outlawed in the existing law), is acknowledgement by the Uganda Parliament that homosexual people live within the Ugandan wider society.It is necessary for LGBT and transgender African people to continue to make their case, as loudly and as publicly as possible, as in this video. The barriers are being taken down, even if extremely slowly. And although full acceptance of LGBT African people might not happen within my lifetime, I would like to go to my grave knowing that I have done my own bit in the struggle. Pressing our case persuasively is the only way that change in our peoples' attitudes will be achieved. And although the majority of Africa's LGBTI people have lacked the courage and boldness to speak up, those who have done so should do it as loudly, effectively and persuasively as possible. It is the reason why I was so moved by this video. This is also what I try to do on this blog, to demonstrate that African LGBT people are ordinary men and women who are every bit as interested in the world that we live in as everyone else is..
You are doing an incredible job with your blog and its always a pleasure to come on. Like you said, the Ugandan uproar is proof-positive that there is some acknowledgment of the existence of sexual minorities. Its a pity that in Nigeria, it is not even on the radar of our national consciousness. Keep up the good job.Donald
Well, thanks Donald. I was going to respond to your comment in the morning but realised I was kind of late for church. I got back to see that you've left even more comments. I will now try to respond to each of them. I find this quite pleasing. Thanks.Regarding Nigeria, its as if Nigerians are choosing to live in a fantasy world, where they seem to think that they can somehow wish away homosexuality by not discussing it, when the reality is that as the country with the largest population on the African continent, it is most likely that one in every four African homosexuals is of Nigerian origin.No society can afford to ignore its gay members, since the actuality is that those gay individuals are an integral part of the society, and even more so in the African context where gay men and women are compelled to overtly lead heterosexual lives, while maintaining their gay sexual partners in private. This being the case and because homosexual sex is generally excluded from official STD awareness and prevention programmes, gay sex is considered by many who are less well-informed to be non-risky sex, (whereas the direct opposite is the case). They thereby inadvertently expose not only themselves to STDs, including HIV, but their heterosexual partners as well, making this a significant public health issue..There is also the fact that because homosexuals receive no official recognition, health problems that are specific to gay men in particular, receive little attention. Also it would be very unlikely indeed that a gay man in Nigeria would be willing to admit to health practitioners that he engages in gay sex..It is a complex situation, but one that needs to be addressed. Burying our heads in the sand only makes the situation worse.
Like you pointed out, the Public health ramifications of this denial is no small thing. Just like we see in first world countries, the HIV/STD burden is just as much in the gay population in Africa for a multitude of reasons. The National Action Committee on Aids (NACA) in Nigeria has some statistics on MSM but I don't think it even scratches the surface of the issue. After all, how many men in macho Nigeria will admit to having had sex with men; talk more of identifying as gay. Its a sad, sad situation.Donald
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