Is the world ready to accept the gay community or does it still hold the surreal demeanor towards them? They say its a first world problem but I dispute, its only that Africa is conservative and still treats sexualism with lots of misgivings and secrecy. Otherwise the continent has its share of people attracted to same gender, awkward as it may sound. We have many Binyavangas out there who feel they don’t connect as ideally expected to people of the opposite sex. The only difference is that the stigma within them is overwhelming.In every high school there are personalities who are discerned to be gay, whether true or not is something we cannot verify. Thousands of innocent kids are molested daily by their house helps which by far influences their perception on their sexualism.That alone depicts the lengths gayism has been entrenched in our day to day lives from such an early stage.
The developed countries have gradually embraced these people. In fact the Western powers in the recent past have wittingly blackmailed the rest of the countries to support the gay community in order to get aid or grants. Many scholars would call that neocolonialism. The latest casualty happens to be Uganda, with the guts to enact an Anti Homesexual Act.The legislative proposal has broaden the criminalisation of same – sex relations in Uganda domestically, and further includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non government organisations that know of gay people or support their rights. Notwithstanding the fact that the law is abit retrogressive at this day and age, the protest from the West and European countries was suspicious. Withholding and even cutting aid was rather ridiculous, I wish it was for a more valid reason say corruption or bad governance. I wonder if that native African woman in the deep end of Uganda or Lesotho cares about homosexuality.
In his many speeches President Obama emphasizes that the gay community have a constitutional right and in fact should savour the same privileges and rights as the hetrosexuals. He has all along been on record saying he has a duty to shift public opinions to same sex sex marriages which political pundits have termed as personal and political evolution of the president.There are about 120,000 legally married same-sex couples in the United States and many thousands more seek the same thing .
Only this week, The Presbyterian Church of East Africa defrocked David Githii as one of the church pastors after he claimed the church was riddled with devil worshipping and homosexuality. That is a perfect intimation of how the modern day church is ailing and equally struggling and clueless on how to manoeuvre around this problem. I once attended a mass service where the priest emphasized on christians to focus on their afflictions and seek forgiveness instead of being busy judging gays since we are not any better. Am not sure if we have many ‘men of the cloth’ who would ordinarily uphold such views.The catch 22 however falls between whether the church is right or wrong in presiding over same sex marriages? Will African churches take a cue from their counterparts in the First World by being more liberal or will they charter their own course and rebuke these marriages .I happened to watch the very vocal Binyavanga wainaina a publicly confessed gay, on a television show where he unashamedly scorned the church, belittled religious leaders and even challenged the very existence of God.Am only left to wonder, how does the church deal with such people? What does bible say about homosexualism? Personally I do not understand how people get attracted to people of a similar gender but well, its the world today.