Why do we find it so difficult to let queer people live their lives and be entitled to every basic human right? Queer people do not in any way shape or form intrude in the lives and relationships of straight people.
Why is it hard to let queer people live in peace and love?
I believe most straight people especially the elderly, tend not to let those who aren’t, be. They stuck on culture and all that, making them view lesbians, gays etc as a really wrong practice. We are in a century where we need to accept people as they are, given they are not affecting us in any way. African parents could go to an extent of disowning their children just because they are in love with someone of the same sex as they are. They don’t fancy them and barely accept them. The thought of living with it can give them a stroke. They think of how they will be viewed and judged by the community, not knowing they are also part and parcel of that same community.
Also, religion does not allow that kind of relationship and so those who are deep into religion ie. christianity, could never allow such an act to come from their own. The forbid it and rebuke it in all manners.
These are some of the reasons why members of LGBTQ are not left to love what they love in peace.
in as much as we should support them.It just doesn’t feel right .
Religion plays a huge part in this. Statistically, most stigma is experienced in extremely religious cultures. They’re viewed as ‘abominations’ more than they are human. This conversation is not had enough, in fact, try bringing it up in any situation and see how uncomfortable people get. I think nobody wants to be held accountable so avoiding the subject has become the norm. We should let people live life by their own terms. Freedom to choose is a democratic right, after all.
I think this can be viewed through the lenses if tolerance, religion and the African tradition society customs… funny how I read a certain article about misconceptions.. actually, lemme share that.
the question beg to be looked into three different perspective cultural, religion and politics.
in culture; because the records of homosexuality in precolonial africa is little to nothing, as africans we believe that homosexuality is unafrican and according to (Epprecht,2004) That’s a myth created by Europeans
for instance Sir Richard Burton who claimed that’ “the negro race is mostly untainted by sodomy” despite the fact that he himself has witnessed homosexual practices in east and Mr.GIBBON who supported Richard’s claim in 1781 when european had only traveled few miles in the depths of africa
homosexuals practices were there in the precolonial probably hidden but sometimes accepted by the culture, keep note though, they weren’t categorized as “gay” or given a community like we understand them today because sometimes those practices were ritualistic
political :in recent years homosexuality have been politicized and “the anti-homosexuality bill” can be seen as government trying to protect it’s cultural and religious norm from being destroyed as it claims that homosexuality is being imposed on africa by westerners
Religion; ( for sub suharan countries on 93%,63% it’s mainly Christianity while the other 30% is Muslims) so religion has been the main factor in causing the wave of homophobia africa is facing right now and it does so using the bible for (Christianity)
as you may know The Bible can have multiple interpretation depending on the interest of who is interpreting.
We live in a society that hasn’t yet come to terms with letting queer people be.
it’s not about the elderly people alone. There are also youths who are so homophobic that they don’t even take a minute to understand even queer people are people just like them.
it’s so hard to be a queer person and especially a queer person who has been in the closet for so long and wants to come out in the open.
it’s should be so easy to be true to your identity but it’s not when you receive judgment even from the people close to you.
We need to educate people and help them unlearn the lies that were fed to us over many years. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kenya face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Being openly gay in Kenya has been Illegal since 1897. The laws have been historically used to persecute and intimidate LGBTQ people in the country and the government gets lots of support from the church for keeping this illegal. The British Empire’s Homophobia lives on even 50 years after a fake independence because we imported homophobia from former colonies.
This is a very critical and sensitive topic, but one thing, we should never judge anyone, we all ain’t perfect and people do things coz of various reasons. One of the best things to do is first know them, try to understand why they do what they do, Talk to them and treat them well. Hating won’t help anything, show love and be honest with them, your views may differ but you never know, Life Happens
I agree with your sentiment but I have an issue with the statement ‘understand why they do what they do’. straight people are not asked why they love who they love, there is nothing queer people are doing that is different from anyone else
sexual orientation is something that people take personally even when it does not concern them in any way. That explains why most people are not comfortable with having queer people around them.