Gay Christian Africa Blog

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.

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Kim raconte une expérience avec deux gars qui ne supportaient pas être à côté des personnes homosexuelles avant de le connaitre. Un jour j’étais dans un marriage d’un ami en France, avec un autre...

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”.

Bible et homosexualité quen est-il? Genèse 2 : la création d’Adam et Eve

L’histoire d’Adam et Eve ne parle pas directement de l’homosexualité. Cependant, ce premier couple hétérosexuel est souvent utilisé comme argument en défaveur du couple homosexuel car il est vu comme le modèle initial, idéal et unique du couple, créé et voulu par Dieu avant la Chute. Certains en concluent que la femme est la seule altérité digne de ce nom pour l’homme et réciproquement, ce qui exclut d’office toute relation homosexuelle. Examinons donc les deux premiers chapitres de la Genèse.

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.