LAST SATURDAY, South Africa held its annual Gay Pride Festival in a colourful ceremony, an indication that homosexuality is no longer a dark secret and the debate would not go away anytime soon.
The topic has drawn extreme reactions from different parts of the continent with those who abhor it claiming that it is a foreign import, historical studies indicating that same-sex relationships existed in pre-colonial Africa notwithstanding. (Read: Homosexuality not a Western import to Africa)
The latter school of thought, however, did not stop gay and lesbians from coming out in large numbers, donning bright attires to celebrate their sexual orientation in the only African nation to allow same-sex marriage and full gay rights.
However, in the same country, corrective rape is on the rise. (Read: Corrective rape in South Africa: Zuma; why are you quiet?)
Lesbians are targeted to force them to ‘go straight’. (Read: For South Africa’s sexual minorities, the going just gets harder)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) are crawling out of the wardrobe to display the diversity in their sexualities and fight for equality.
Uganda remains the most hostile place for homosexuals following the murder of gay activist David Kato after a local newspaper exposed him. He campaigned against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, when death sentence was mooted for gays in 2009.
It was subsequently dropped after an international outcry, but Kato did not live long as a free citizen thereafter as he was beaten to death last year.
(Read: Uganda gay rights activist killed)
However, it is not only in Uganda where homosexual acts are illegal, with punishments of 14 years in prison with hard labour. (Read:Nigerian actor gets months in jail for gay offence)
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