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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Whereas the rest of the world is working towards equal treatment for everyone, we in Africa, seem to be rewinding the clock with the help of the religious and not so intelligent legislators so that most people have bought into the line that homosexuality is a sin or a disease or a combination of both. 

What doesn't surprise me is that the majority of people who stand in opposition to LGBTIs are the religious, and claim their holy books prohibit homosexuality and tell us further that their god is going to be angry when he is defied.

Here is a post I wrote in response to some of the comments those against LGBTIs write in social media and why I think we need to keep talking about such issues.

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Comment by Onyango Makagutu on July 1, 2013 at 3:42am

Africa is still along way from granting gay rights. And with the help of evangelists mostly from America and elsewhere, the problem is not getting any easier. And politicians are too quick to jump into the bandwagon that criminalizes LGBTIs as long as they can deflect public scrutiny of their failed policies and scandal after scandal.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 28, 2013 at 12:20pm

Obama clashes with African host over gay rights

President Barack Obama listens as Senegalese President Macky Sall speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace, in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday, June 27, 2013.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally.

Obama said recognition of gay unions in the United States should cross state lines and that equal rights should be recognized universally. It was his first chance to expand on his thoughts about the ruling, which was issued Wednesday as he flew to Senegal, one of many African countries that outlaw homosexuality.

Senegalese President Macky Sall rebuffed Obama's call for Africans to give gays equal rights under the law.

"We are still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality," Sall said, while insisting that the country is "very tolerant" and needs more time to digest the issue without pressure. "This does not mean we are homophobic."

Comment by Doone on June 27, 2013 at 5:03pm

Global Marriage Map

Fisher makes a map:

The list of countries that grant full gay marriage rights is pretty short: 14 countries in all.

Most of those are in Western Europe: France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Belgium and the Netherlands. They’re joined by two other Western countries: New Zealand and Canada. Also on the list is South Africa, famous for its progressive (but politically controversial) gay rights laws. And in South America, perhaps the most gay-friendly part of the world outside of Europe, both Argentina and Uruguay allow gay marriage. Brazil also looks like it might be on the verge.

He also highlights the 76 nations where homosexuality is criminalized:

Most of them are in Africa and the Middle East, although they’re joined by some Caribbean and Southeast Asian nations. Five of those 76 countries include laws permitting the state to hand out the death penalty for homosexuality: Mauritania, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Iran.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on June 27, 2013 at 1:14pm

@doone thanks

@Neal most people have bought into this religious hype I don't think they would want to look beyond it

Comment by Neal on June 27, 2013 at 12:53pm

Excellent post, and no doubt true. Missionaries think they're helping, when all they're doing is enslaving.

Comment by Doone on June 27, 2013 at 12:42pm

Thanks, you have a very nice wordpresss blog.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on June 27, 2013 at 12:35pm
Comment by Doone on June 27, 2013 at 10:11am

That is bad new for a growing continent and the home of humans but where is your post?


Obama Clashes With African Host Over Gay Rights



President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage as a “victory for American democracy” but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally.


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