anonymous asked:

Would you say homophobia/transphobia is due to Western influence or its a native concept to the areas discussed in previous post.

There have been evidence of homosexuality, bisexuality, trans people ect in many African societies. (I think I used this example a lot) For example the Azande people of South Sudan, partly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and partly in the Central African Republic. E. E. Evans Pritchard recorded that male Azande warriors in the northern Congo routinely took on young male lovers, who helped with household tasks and participated in intercrural sex with their older husbands. But this died down when Europeans took control of Azande land

E. E. Evans-Pritchard stated that: “All the Azande I have kown well enough to discuss this matter have asserted also that female homosexuality (lesbianism) was practiced in polygamous homes in the past and still (in 1930) is sometimes…Before European rule was imposed on the Azande…Part of the adult male population of each Kingdom was organized in military companies of abakumba (married men) and aparanga (bachelors)…It was a cusyom for memebers of the bachelor companies, some of whom would always be living in barracks at court, to take boy-wives”

This is one of the many examples of how the West brought homophobia clothed in religious doctrines to Africans

People in Zanzibar are Swahili and one Swahili woman Sophia Musa Mohamed  points out that in the book “Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men, and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-sex Practices in Africa” 

"…we do have a history in our country. For instance there are words for us in Swahili, so same-sex practices must have been going on for a long time. Our grandmothers still know the words: wasenge, wasagaji, mashoga and wapemba. Presently these terms are used in denigrating way, to insult us. Wasenga and mashoga refer to men, so they mean gay. Wasagaji means lesbian. Wapemba is a general term for homosexual which derives from the name Pemba, in Zanzibar, as people thought that homosexuality originated from the coastal region. This region has many descendant traders from Oman, where transgender practices are more accepted…"

Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Transgender all those aren’t a foreign concept to us these people have lived in our societies for hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s sad because now in Zanzibar homosexuality is illegal and punishable my imprisonment. Although it’s not criminlised in Congo the LGBT community are still persecuted. I get upset whenever I think about this because I’m queer and I’d like to learn more about the histories from those two societies and I’d like to feel safe when I go to my countries

I think colonialism and Western influences have erased the history of LGBT communities in the Congo region and Zanzibar.

The homophobia and transphobia in numerous African societies may be due to Western indoctrination but  we as a people also need to take the blame. Especially our governments. They are not doing enough to protect LGBT communities or educate people on the matter. We can blame the Europeans and Americans all we want but if our government aren’t doing anything what would that solve?

isisrielle asked:

18. "This is without a doubt the stupidest plan you’ve ever had. Of course I’m in." Destiel

From this. Warning: Talking about homophobia, but we get a happy ending yay!

"I can’t take them anymore Dean." Castiel cried against Dean’s chest at two in the morning on a Tuesday night. "The things they say to me, the way they look at me… Dean I can’t live with them anymore!" Cas’ grip on the front of Dean’s shirt tightened even more.

"Oh baby… I’m so sorry for everything. Maybe… What if I tried to talk to them? If they actually met the guy their son is dating maybe they could accept it?" Dean said carefully and Cas lifted his head up immediately.

"No! No Dean, absolutely not! My dad won’t hurt me, but he might hurt you. He blames you for ruining me, he thinks it’s your fault I’m gay and so does my mom. They hate you." Cas said.

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"It’s because they’re boys" Niall tells himself, "It’s because they’re boys and they’re stupid and they want to be men" That’s what Niall tells himself as his face is smashed into the wall of the locker room.

Written By: Bleher89

oneshot + highschool/au + abuse

Note: This focuses more on Niall but the relationship is progressive and really heart wrenching to read bit by bit.

- Kendra

anonymous asked:

What if the majority of africa doesn't want any gay rights? Cuz that's has nothing to do with the government the ppl don't want it, gay/lesbian are a minority. Mostly ppl in Africa are very religious and see that as haram. Btw what about the hiv problem in africa ? We can't neither control that and we want rights for gays ? I mean Africa has bigger problems so worrying about gays etc.. Shouldn't be on the first list.

This ask is honestly the most offensive thing I’ve read all day, and I’ve read about several posts so far filled with white tears over the blackout on Friday so you should know that this is quite an achievement for you.

- Naledi