Rise of ?homophobia in ?Ethiopia: Anti-gay Civil Society coalition and media urges the government to impose tough anti ?gay laws like Nigeria.

Published: July 9, 2013

An anti-gay documentary titled ‘Sodomy in ‎Ethiopia, the Satanic Work of 666′ was released on 30th of June at Churchill International Hotel in Addis Ababa. The documentary was produced by a religious group called ‘Father TK association: Speak out about homosexuality in Ethiopia’ and was attended by hundreds of religious leaders of all denominations, patriots, artists, athletes, and other prominent guests and decided equivocally to continue sensitizing about the growing trend of western imported culture of homosexuality and child molestation using a series of documentary, art works and the media, to establish a national civil society coalition which can coordinate their  anti-homosexuality and homosexuals awareness and lobbying programs to propose to the government to pass a tough ant-gay bill like the one in Nigeria.
The release of the documentary was followed by a panel discussion and testimonial hearing of some male sex workers and ex-homosexuals on how their sexuality which their mentioned it as an illness exposed them to different health, social and security problems and cured from their homosexual behavior by being religious counseling and prayer…they call other fellow homosexuals to follow their foot step to be cured from the illness of homosexuality…they said “yes! There is a way to be cured from the illness of homosexuality….”
After the release of the documentary commercialized public notices are being posted all over the public places and streets of Addis Ababa including the around Merkato, the largest open market in Africa which is being visited by tens of thousands of marketers every day with anger and rising hostility. According to some LGBTI community members the release of this documentary was deliberately coincided with the high media attention and child molestation court case of 5 elementary school teachers who raped two boys aged 9 and 10 to provoke the society in hatred and anger.

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