Every once in a while you read or hear something ludicrous enough to blow you out of the water. With a powerful tool like social media in the palm of our hands, you’re guaranteed to be shook on a daily basis. Something is always way out of pocket.
For a hot minute, I’ve noticed people making polls about whether or not gay people- to my understanding, a reversed and misguided umbrella which refers to the LGBT+ community- deserve rights or if they should be ‘allowed’ to get married.
Moreover, those people who conveniently use religion to be blatantly homophobic…I see you. I understand that some older generations are beyond repair- there’s no changing their mindsets, however, my disappointment and second-hand embarrassment are saved for my peers.
Religious or not, it’s imperative to realize that sexual orientation is not a choice, being transgender is not a crime and it’s perfectly normal to fall somewhere on the spectrum. Everyone is valid.
That being said, please refrain from quoting scriptures and get into the “well the Bible said” speech. Humans sin all day every day, constantly violating most, if not all commandments. Love is love and to condemn others for not being heterosexual is sinfully wrong.
How many of us commit adultery, murder, steal, lie…and how many carry out incestual carnal desires, and say the Lord’s name in vain? Humans are not perfect- far from it. If you’re going to preach to their choir, kindly leave hypocrisy at the door, instead of deciding what the lesser evil is and judging others.
But wait, homosexuality is unbiblical and un-African?!
Guess again, conservative.
We all know about colonialism and the Scramble for Africa- but what about Africa before that mess? Not just Ancient Egypt folks, but that fact that we had our own means of trade, arts, and science, oh and, the fact that our ancestors were not strangers to homosexuality either.
In the northern part of Nigeria, yan daudu is a Hausa term to describe effeminate men who are considered to be wives to men. While the Yoruba word might be more about behavior than identity, this Hausa term is more about identity. You have to look and act like a yan daudu to be called one. It is not an identity you can just carry. These words are neutral; they are not infused with hate or disgust.
In the Buganda Kingdom, part of modern-day Uganda, King Mwanga II was openly gay and faced no hate from his subjects until white men brought the Christian church and its condemnation. Though King Mwanga is the most prominent African recorded as being openly gay, he was not alone.
In Boy-Wives and Female Husbands, a book examining homosexuality and feminism in Africa, the researchers found ‘‘explicit” Bushman artwork that depicts men engaging in same-sex sexual activity. There have been other indicators that the transition from boyhood to adulthood within many African ethnic groups involved same-sex sexual activities. Read more here
Not so un-African now, is it?
The Bible teachings and Jesus might have been wrong. The society in which the Bible was crafted did not know what we know now- there are many teachings that just don’t align with present-day society. The thing about society is that it has never been black and white.
As orthodox Christianity affirms and has always affirmed, Jesus is both fully divine and fully human. That is, he was born of an earthly mother, had a physical body, experienced hunger, went to the bathroom, etc. His brain was a human brain, and he learned the way any first-century child would learn…Orthodoxy doesn’t require us to believe that Jesus knew everything, and indeed, there are times in the gospels when Jesus admits to not knowing something.
We all live in a grey area where good people can do bad things and vice versa but we should get one thing straight: LGBT+ rights are Human Rights, and it should not be up for debate. Ever. People should be allowed to be themselves and love who they love without fear of inequality and injustice.
Whether or not you can get behind it, you need to recognize that humans are evolving. We need to normalize accepting people for who they are. Choosing to understand and accept something that doesn’t resonate with you will not make you gay, lesbian, bisexual, or any less masculine or feminine. God loves all his children, right?
Right, so grow up, and educate yourself if you must.
Theresa Ntswaki writes in her own capacity.
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