The Portuguese were among the first Europeans to explore the continent. They noted the range of gender relations in African societies and referred to the “unnatural damnation” of male-to-male sex in Congo. Andrew Battell, an English traveller in the 1590s, wrote this of the Imbangala of Angola: “They are beastly in their living, for they have men in women’s apparel, whom they keep among their wives."Transvestism occurred in many different places, including Madagascar and Ethiopia.

Among the Pangwe people of present-day Cameroon and Gabon, homosexual intercourse was practised between males of all ages. It was believed to be a way to transmit wealth. The Nzima of Ghana had a tradition of adult men marrying each other, usually with an age difference of about 10 years. Similar to the pederasty of ancient Greece, the Azande of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,Sudan, andCentral African Republic had a tradition of warriors marrying boys and paying a bride price, as they would for girl brides, to their parents. When the boy grew up, he too became a warrior and took a boy-wife.In this same tribe lesbianism was practised in polygamous households. In the 18th century the Khoikhoi of South Africa used the word koetsire to describe men considered sexually receptive to other men, and soregus was the word they used for a friendship which involved same-sex masturbation.

Homosexuality is also recorded among the Siwa of Egypt. It was considered a boy’s rite of passage in Benin, and woman-woman marriages involving a bride price existed in more than 30 African societies from Nigeria to Kenya to South Africa

How far back can homosexuality be traced in Africa? You cannot argue with rock paintings. Thousands of years ago, the San people of Zimbabwe depicted anal sex between men. The truth is that, like everywhere else, African people have expressed a wide range of sexualities.

—  The idea that African homosexuality was a colonial import is a myth by Bernardine Evaristo
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June is still a month away but I’m already in the spirit of pride month.

Due to the large success of my asexual pride flags and Facebook cover photos, I made some more! Here is bisexual, pansexual, transgender and gay pride flags and cover photos. Want me to make a glitter pride flag? Message me! I’m thinking of an ally flag, an equal rights (the equal sign on red), and aromantic next. But if you want a flag and you’re going to use it, drop me a suggestion!

Amazing Lesbian Irony 1+2

My lesbian friend is not out to her parents yet. They don’t want her to be in a relationship so they’re sending her to an all girls camp for the entire summer.

SHE WILL NOT SMILING.

This is beautiful. :D

Her family got an invitation to their cousin’s wedding today. It announced the engagement of Abby and Mariana. 

I am tired of this heteronormative society.

It is time for us all to say no to this and change the world at long last:
I am tired of having to “come out of the closet”
I am tired of getting “I support you” and “you are so brave” only because I express myself as who I truly am.
I am tired of “you are too pretty to be gay”
I am tired of “but you don’t look gay”
I am tired of “i can turn you straight” and “how do you know you are gay if you haven’t dated a man?”
I am tired of the thought that a relationship I may have is a form of protest instead of just me loving someone else.
I am tired of stereotypes.
I am tired of people inside the LGBT+ community being such hate targets.

Things I hate: My sexuality being such a big deal.
Things I love: My sexuality.
Please, heteronormative society, don’t force me to hate something I love so much, and above all something that has costed me so much to love.