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Beyond African religious homophobia: how Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need to move beyond a narrow focus on African religious homophobia as religion plays multiple and complex roles in contemporary dynamics of African sexualities.

Reconciling Christianity and homosexuality

The text was taken from: Christianity and homosexuality : contradictory or complementary? a qualitative study of the experiences of Christian homosexual university students, authors S. Nkosi and F. Masson, South African Journal of Higher Education,...

Queer Narratives from Kenya: I am a male-to-female transgender

I am a male-to-female transgender. I’ve always felt different since I was young. I never identified as male, ever. Growing up, I never knew my real parents. I’ve been in different foster homes – three of them so far. It’s been tough. The first foster family thought I was a girl. When I was eight or ten, I started exhibiting feminine characteristics; growing breasts and hips. My foster parents were afraid. They said, “This is an omen. Hatumwezi”.

Christianity and homosexuality in Africa: the experiences of Christians homosexuals

When people look at you in disgust, that you even ask yourself if you’re still at church. I don’t know if Christians don’t realise that they all have their own sins, it’s just that we don’t know about them (John, male).

They never tried to understand me as a person, they just saw demons and starting bombarding me with Bible verses (Zandile, female).

It pains when people treat you like less of a person for something that you didn’t even choose yourself, you’d think Christians would be more compassionate (Asanda, female).

The experiences of Christian homosexual university students en Africa

For students who are homosexual or bisexual and who identify with the Christian faith, this process of determining their social identity can be complicated as many sectors within the Christian community may only support heteronormative behaviour. Furthermore many cultures, particularly African cultures, do not condone homosexuality and/or bisexuality.

Love won’t fail us

The title “Love won’t fail us” in regards this letter means that Dunny went through all the mess because of love but kept on going. “In this letter, it looks like love betrayed me...

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

In this piece I’m not concerned with “African homophobia” as such – although I’d like to pose the question whether homophobia is the most useful term to understand the politics around homosexuality and LGBT rights in contemporary African societies. Neither am I concerned with the reasons why Western media tend to depict “African homophobia” in rather sensationalist ways – although I do wonder whether it has something to do with the deep-rooted perception of Africa as “backward” that allows the West to see itself as “progressive” and “modern”.