Why we must denounce negative influence
I have been working on condemning the ANti homosexuality bill tabled in Uganda last year with my fellow activists from all over the world,we have published press releases,called on international solidarity and even supported a delegation to visit Uganda and engage the Authorities there in dialogue on the irrational foundation this bill is based on,First,when Bahati talks about upholding the family unit,i am lost at which family unit he is talking about; because as An african, i know from living it and learning from my own family that we share, we believe in having enough for everyone and your neighbour being your own sister-we live in homesteads and not apartments(until civilization was forced onto us/or taught ) We till the land together and prepare the meals together....and together here stands for my immediate nuclear family and the whole extended family that exists from our bonds...aunties,cousins,friends, homeless people and everyone else who will invite themselves over for our shared meal because they know for sure-there is enough for all of us...so when Bahati says family unit with a father mother two children and a dog image in his head,i wonder which part of africa he grew up in thus whose voice he represents.
Then we also hear them say that it is ungodly/unchristian...and it triggers fury in me,before the introduction of missionaries in my continent we all had our different ways of worship that respected every other form of worship-some of us prayed facing Mt Kenya,some of us shared our wealth and some of us just lived knowing that the greatest thing in our lives is family and love...then all this religious believes were brought into Africa and suddenly we had to exclude women from the pulpit and pray in a certain way and believe in a dictated god....we distances ourselves from the positive traits of our history (unity) where difference was not used to divide but rather that diversity made us a stronger continent,and the introduction of a similar god who was seen as male and white defeated our faith in goddesses that brought richness and rain and bounty harvest and those that identified third genders and intersex persons to be a link with our spiritual world...then this god also decided that there were going to be people who were better off/or of a different class or who should receive lesser from the abundant universe as according to the intepretation of his book-and if we were searching for love and unity,shouldn't we question these same believes that advocate separation and rule frameworks?
And even worse Bahati choses the most vulnerable group to fight against,why would anyone be put in prison for loving another ...or knowing someone else who might not necessarily fit into societal prescription of safe and sane?or killed for simply being who they are-One thing we must emphasisze on is we are working as a community to ensure that sexual violence is defined and criminalised,the predators of innocent beings are dettered from preying on any one of us and especially children-rape is a hideous and degrading crime and must be addressed in all forums,defining rape and sexual violence clearly should revolve around consent-and a no means exactly that NO,and coercion and force into sexual activity is rape.But when two adults who are aware of what is going on and have consented to being sexually active with each other,how then is the state in a position to dictate what is right or wrong for both of them when it is clearly their private business?LGBTI persons have been by far the most affected by sexual violence in our societies-from lesbian curative rape,to transgendered persons being raped just to humiliate them,and gender benders being forced into certain gender roles or marriages to cure them,why would Bahati equate LGBTI people to the smae perpetrators of violence on them?
It is good news that the president will not veto the bill,but that will not be enough to save the blood of all queer persons living in Uganda and Africa by extension....the increased number of arbitrary arrests and detention,torture, murder ,rape, and discrimination on queer africans needs to be addressed! we need more awareness on sexuality issues to be able to distance ourselves from the heterosexism that has been a huge point of reference for homophobes
"Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.