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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Survey: What do Nigerians really think and know about homosexuality?

In January this year, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Anti-Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law. According to a NOI Polls survey conducted in June 2013, 92% of Nigerians support the legislation, giving Nigeria the second-highest rate of non-acceptance of homosexuality out of 45 countries surveyed.  This apparent homophobia is at variance with Google analytics,

Friday, April 25th, 2014

News from Nigeria

I told my son that he would get his first sense of things as soon as we boarded the flight. Planes bound for Lagos, I told him, were filled with black people and not just in economy...

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Africa has always been more Queer than generally acknowledged

Homosexuality is also often depicted as an import from the deviant West. But the African Continent has always been more queer than generally acknowledged; it has always rainbow-hazed into such a range of sexualities that it is...

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Brokeback Iceberg

Everyone loves an African animal story. People get terribly upset when African animals are declared extinct (as was the Western Black rhino, last week), but when we see this video about saving the black rhinos, using helicopters,...

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Video: Homosexuality is African

The 46-minute video of the recent BBC World “Debate” with the unfortunate title: “Is Homosexuality Un-African?” It is of course as African as sadza, ugali, nsima, asaro and pap. The show was recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa....

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Being Gay in Africa

The problem is the way I dress. Everyone is asking, ‘is that a boy or a girl?’ In clubs, when ladies can get in for free, they push us, tell us we are not ladies and that...

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Debating Sexuality in South Africa

As @ekapa correctly noted in his comment on my post about “Homophobia as National Sport” in South Africa, “… depressing as this is its a symptom/result of the increasingly vocal and visible African and Coloured...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Homosexuality is Illegal in 37 African Countries

Radio Netherlands International has a 51-minute, really good, program on the hysteria and violence against gay people on the continent. Guest include Ian Swartz, founder of a gay rights organisation in Namibia, and Scott Long from Human...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Homophobia in Africa

“…. In the last six months we have seen the expression of homophobia with the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill; the arrest of gay Malawian couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, for getting married;  most recently the appointment of...

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

THE CULTURE WARS

There’s been more reporting (see clip from Rachel Maddow’s show above) and commentary here in the US (though mainly from progressives in the media) about the connections between American Christian groups, mainly The Family, and the Ugandan...

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

KENYA TO CONDUCT “CENSUS” OF GAY POPULATION

So Uganda, with the help of their rightwing, American Christian boosters, want to “wipe out” gay people by making laws that bans even thinking about it. Now Kenya wants to do a “census” of its gay population....

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

“Is there another word you can use instead of lesbian?’

That’s South African Judge, Ratha Mokgoathleng, unable to contain his homophobia, speaking earlier to the prosecutor in the case of the murderers of Eudy Simelane, a lesbian woman brutally raped and murdered in a township outside Johannesburg....

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

LESBIAN JUSTICE

University of Cape Town law professor Pierre de Vos on his blog, Constitutionally Speaking: Zoliswa Nkonyana was raped and murdered by a group of young men on 4 February 2006 in Khayelitsha [on the outskirts of Cape...

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

THE CHURCH ELDERS AND THE GAYS

Malawi’s Constitution Amendment Bill banning homosexual marriages was passed on Thursday July this year, during a parliamentary sitting to pass the 2009/2010 budget. During this sitting Member of parliament, Edwin Banda proposed that the constitution should include...