Homosexuality and Africa

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    Dec 16, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Basically, I've been reading the arguments of banning aid to Uganda, and decrying Ghana's recent spat over homosexuality. I feel that this is the wrong way to approach the matter. What needs to happen is that people should highlight the positives works that are being done in order to foster and bring more attention to them.

    In my mom's country, Cote d'Ivoire, there are a few grassroots organizations that help homosexuals. Namely Arc en Ciel, Alternative Cote d'Ivoire, and Clinique Confiance, On the microcosm, these organizations are located in the posh suburbs away where many of the residents were educated in Europe. This illustrates the same dynamic on the macro; education breeds tolerance.

    As Africa develops, it will become more tolerant of homosexuals. Each successive generation will follow the same western pattern. It will take time. In the meantime, try searching for grassroots organizations and try to support them. This will help create a larger voice on the continent.
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:16 AM GMT
    heytheredude said

    As Africa develops, it will become more tolerant of homosexuals. Each successive generation will follow the same western pattern.
    Au contraire. As Africa has "developed," it has become less tolerant of homosexuals among them. It's probably due to all the christianizing by the protestant churches (although islamic countries are equally intolerant of homosexuals.) Even the Church of England African types have been seceding from the episcopal church because they prefer to be anti-gay.
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    (Lol at the sheer lack of attention an "African" thread gets compared to "hot guy above you" threads)

    I admittedly don't know too much about how homosexuality is treated in African countries other than what we hear in the US - that some nations' policies are extremely homophobic and need to be punished.

    I agree that they will probably become more progressive over time. It's probably better if there are no outside forces trying to govern them. Cause we all know how that worked last century. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 17, 2012 7:32 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_and_gender_identity_at_the_United_Nations

    African countries that signed the UN Declaration supporting gay rights:


    Cape Verde
    Central African Republic
    Gabon
    Guinea-Bissau
    Mauritius
    Rwanda
    Sao Tome and Principe
    Seychelles
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa