Finally....some good news from Africa.

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    Feb 11, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    Gay friendly Namibian leader sworn in to parliament, pledges to fight for LGBTI's.

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    McHenry Venaani of the DTA opposition party says homosexuality has always existed and is not ‘un-African’

    A Namibian opposition leader, who openly backs LGBTI rights, is being sworn in as a parliamentarian today (11 February).

    McHenry Venaani, president of the opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) party, came out for gay and trans rights in an interview with Gay Star News last year when he branded claims that homosexuality is ‘un-African’ as ‘manufactured lies’.

    Venaani has pledge to fight for the rights of minorities once in parliament.

    He will enter parliament after veteran politician Katuutire Kaura was expelled both from parliament and kicked out of his party after a recent verbal war with the 36-year-old Venaani.

    Last year, Kaura, who has been DTA president for 15 years, lost the presidency to the young politician at their parties’ congress.

    Venaani in recent media reports accused Kaura of planning to assassinate him while Kaura in turn accused Venaani of ousting his supporters from the party.

    Before Kaura was expelled from parliament some members which were closely linked with him were suspended.

    During last year’s interview with Gay Star News, Venaani said: ‘For many years gays have been part of the society all along. It is scientifically proven that all races and cultures have gays.’

    Venaani who comes from a Bantu speaking Herero tribe in Namibia says gays do exist but are hidden in society, including his.

    The DTA president said gays must be protected and argued there were LGBTI people in Africa before colonization.

    The DTA was once a powerful force in Namibian politics but only has two sits in Namibian parliament.

    Namibia’s Swapo politicians are generally extremely homophobic with some calling for the extermination and deportation of gay and lesbian people. Lack of rain in the country was once also blamed on the sexual minorities.
  • The_Guruburu

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    Feb 11, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    Great example for the rest of the continent to follow! I'm glad he challenged the myth that homosexuality is "un-African." It always baffles my mind when I hear Africans embracing the religions, beliefs, and cultural practices of their conquerers as their own because now Europe is relatively more tolerant.
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    Feb 11, 2014 11:07 PM GMT
    Yes, but we should probably all chip in to buy him a bullet proof vest. icon_sad.gif