An African axiom says, “A person rejected, does not reject him/herself”. The African h
omophobia through anti-homosexual laws of all shades is undeniable and may never change, unless we challenge it. But we must not be ignorant that such challenge may not come at a free cost, because nothing comes at no sacrifice.
It was until the likes of Rosa Parks and others like her in America challenged racism that things took a turn for the better. As we clearly saw, Martin Luther King Jnr. paid with his life amongst many other lives that the raids and attacks took with them.
When we go back in history, it becomes even more vivid that fights for freedom and respect of our nature; – from the American war for independence to the days of the slave trade, from the women votes/rights campaign of the early 20th Century, to the Gay rights campaigns of the late 60s and early 70s… and the list goes – does not come at great comfort. Nelson Mandela still lives and his story and that of apartheid in South Africa is not a completely medieval history to this generation. But that is what change requires.
For gay black men, the time has come to stand up to be counted. The time has come to challenge this unreasonable treatment. No one else can do it if we who are affected, who bear the brunt and burden of it do not. African countries and the Caribbean continue homophobia because the victims of their hatred are not engaging them in a dialogue or challenge. It is a difficult task but it has and got to be done.
This is where Justice for Gay Africans [JfGA] Society comes in. We want to mobilize gay black people and their supporters; heterosexual, gay, whites, black, men, women and all who cares, to build a strong voice for change. Together, we can make a difference. If we gather ourselves, we can build a force that will be ready to push back. Like the women in 1929, like the blacks of Martin Luthers’ days, like the Gays of 1970; all we need to do is stand up to be counted.
The time is now. We cannot delay it any further. We may not achieve it today but we have to set the ground now. Many attempt in the past has done this but we want to push further. They did not fail, but only if we fail to continue the race.
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