Black Voices Not All Anti-Gay

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Those of you who have despaired over attempts to pass a bill to hang us in Uganda, take heart. Other voices are beginning to be heard.

Rather than this Bill being an objective and considered response to a national challenge, the process is now one of blind emotion and prejudice driven by fundamentalist Christians- with their Pharisaic claims of unblemished religious goodness and ‘holier than thou’ attitude.

More importantly, it has become a real national tragedy- of denial and hiding of our moral guilt; of hate campaign against unfortunate members of our society; of exposure of Parliament; and of delusion and our swimming against the tide of world change.

The same paper responded sarcastically, after sexually explicit gay photos were printed in one of the anti-gay tabloids in an attempt to whip up disgust:

If more gay porn of the Mubiru type keeps hitting the newsstands in Uganda over the next two years, by 2015, many people in this country will have grown to accept homosexuality as normal. The best immunization against homophobia is to have gay porn as part of the daily news menu.

Jamaican ‘dance-hall’ artists have been prevented from performing in many places around the world, thanks to gay-run campaigns against their ‘murder music’: songs which call for the torture and murder of gays. JFLAG, the local gay rights organisation, offered to help get the bans lifted for artists who had dropped such songs. One of the offenders, Sizzla, was unimpressed.

“We are a people of the Almighty God. We are a biblical people. Jamaica is a Bible island. We live by the principle of the Almighty and in our Bible that we read, in the Hebrew Bible, we totally abandon homosexuals. We are against it. So we don’t need no support from them. Fire bun!”

Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South African pop diva, is going to war against such homophobia.

Is it not already bad enough that our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters are stigmatised, discriminated against and attacked?

The fact that many cannot even rely on the love and support of their own parents makes it even worse. What kind of mother could treat her own children with contempt in this way?

As a mother of four boys myself, I see my job as helping them to be the best people they can be; to discover who they are; to be happy and safe; to love and be loved. I have often said that I don’t care if they bring home an Indian or an Albino, Patricia or Peter, so long as they are happy.

Meanwhile The Nation, Kenya, points out the hypocrisy of those who are anti-gay because it is ‘un-African’.

Writing on social media, one fellow compared homosexuality to bestiality. Another said it was anti-Christian, unGodly, and un-African.

The surnames of both writers appeared to be of Kenyan origin. But their first names were of European origin – one was Mike, the other Gordon. The fellow, or his parents who reached across the oceans to snatch a “European” name, obviously didn’t know the irony.

How does a Kenyan with a “European” name denounce gay rights as “alien” and Western? Why would a Kenyan, who is a Christian – a “European” religion – oppose gay rights as Western?

I also noticed that these vitriolic commentators were writing in English, a “European” language.

My point is that knee-jerk homophobia is a visceral expression of pure and utter ignorance. It’s myopic hatred driven by banal bigotry. These folks have drunk some poisonous Kool-Aid.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)