Abstract This article explores the silence associated with sexuality in Africa. Aside from examining the false premise that homosexuality is un-African and un-Christian, this article argues that sexuality in Africa was not only socially controlled, but also carried socio-ethical and sacred overtones. Against the belief that sexuality in Africa exists in silence, the essay contends […]
Sexuality in Africa
Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (155)
Special Issue, July 2016
An introduction to Sexuality in Africa, a special issue of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. A project of the Global Faith and Justice Project.
The KwaZulu-Natal Declaration of the First African Scholars’ Consultation on Human Sexuality, Religion and Equality, August 31, 2014.
Introduction: Dr. Michael Adee
The History of this Special Issue: A Journey of Solidarity.
Introduction: Dr. Kapya Kaoma
“I Say, We must Talk, Talk, Mama!” Introducing African Voices on Religion, Ubuntu and Sexual Diversity
To FannyAnn Eddy, David Kato, Eric Lembeme, Eudy Simlane, Maurice Mjomba, Duduzile Zozo, Patricia Mashigo, Madieye Diallo, and all fallen sexual minorities, their names to us, unknown.
Abstract The arts of mourning, like the masquerade and the elegy in poetry, are cultural treasures and sources of memory beyond the silence of death. How then do we mourn as queer and same gender loving Africans in the face of state-sanctioned violence and homophobia, which have led to the deaths of LGBTI Africans from […]
Mama Africa, Mama Africa, Please heed, Our sacred stories to disentangle, With a spirituality that unseals the human heart, No more blood to cry, From your beautiful soil, 0 mama Africa. Mama Africa, Mama Africa, Only for once open your heat, Listen to our voices of pain, anguish, and courage. Stop and listen for once, […]
Introducing African Voices on Religion, Ubuntu and Sexual Diversity In May 2014, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) broke the African silence around homophobia and transphobia when it vividly condemned ‘acts of violence, discrimination and other human rights violations’ directed on sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, LGBTI) at […]
For many years, I was forced, to sit quietly by, and be subjected to the hateful words and acts of self-righteous, religious bigots. Imagine feeling out-numbered, overwhelmed, alone, outcast, and separated from God, all because you knew that you were different. Imagine hiding who and what you are, your friendships, your relationships, and who you […]
An Invitation In late 2012, at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City during a summit on global religions and human sexuality, I was in conversation with Dr. Kapya Kaoma about the wave of anti-homosexuality laws and the rising violence against sexual minorities in Africa. Kaoma said, “We need to change the narrative in […]