It's a shame that so many Africans are still trusting any variety of opportunists and confidence men from the U.S.A.

All the while those violence- and horror-based wolves in shepherd's clothes violate the minds and lives of generation after generation of countries on the African continent.

To me, Peter Tatchell is an international hero, especially for the breadth of his human rights work.

This is an informational alert. Thanks to exported U.S. neo-Christian nationalism, May in Uganda will be extra dangerous for anyone suspected or even accused of being gay (in the broadest sense).

When the reports of murders and other violence against suspected or accused GLIBT people in Uganda start coming in, we intend to continue to compile them.


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May 19, 2010 Subject: African homophobia - A legacy of colonialism
Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives

By Peter Tatchell
The Independent – London – 19 May 2010

The conviction by a Malawian court of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga on charges of homosexuality is the latest example of how, more than four decades after most African nations won their independence, the evils of colonialism continue to wreck lives.

The two men face up to 14 years jail under laws that were imposed on the people of Malawi by the British colonisers in the nineteenth century. Before the British came and conquered Malawi, there were no laws against homosexuality. These laws are a foreign imposition. They are not African at all. Despite independence, these alien criminalisations were never repealed.

Today, the minds of many Malawians – and other Africans – remain colonised by the homophobic beliefs that were drummed into their forebears by the western missionaries who invaded their lands alongside the conquering imperial armies. The missionaries preached a harsh, intolerant Christianity, which has been so successfully internalised by many Africans that they now claim homophobia as their own culture and tradition.

While many African leaders decry homosexuality as a "western disease" or a "white man's import," the truth is very different. Prior to colonisation, many tribal societies and kingdoms had a more relaxed attitude to same-sex relations than the subsequent colonial occupiers.

As Rudi C Bleys documented in his book, The Geography of Perversion, the existence and, sometimes toleration, of same-sex acts was used by the colonising European nations to justify what they saw as their "civilising" mission. To them, homosexuality among indigenous peoples was proof of their "barbarity" and confirmation of western theories of racial superiority.

Homophobia in Africa is mostly a colonial imposition. But this is no excuse for these now independent nations to perpetuate colonial-era anti-gay laws and attitudes. It is time to finish the African liberation struggle by ending the persecution of gay Africans.