Homosexuality remains a gigantic taboo in many African societies. The mere mention of the topic will elicit strong reactions; usually rooted in the reasons why some believe being homosexual is wrong.
Cultural and societal expectations and religion are the biggest factors why African individuals do not approve of the controversial lifestyle. Despite this notion, there are citizens of African descent who display their sexual orientation.
Here are the fearless homosexuals residing on the African continent.
Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu Van-Furth, daughter of the world’s most celebrated clerical leader, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, openly announced her marriage to her Dutch female partner in 2016.
The shocking revelation resulted in the removal of her priesthood. She said her father was sad but not surprised at the news. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has publicly supported same-sex marriages and has been vocal in campaigning against homophobia.
After coming out publicly in 2014 that he is gay, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has announced that he is getting married to his long-term partner early next year.
The 47-year-old author, who won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Discovering Home disclosed his wedding announcement last month through social media.
Even though he mentioned that his partner is Nigerian, he is yet to disclose his name and other details.
The wedding will be held in South Africa but Binyavanga has promised his Kenyan fans of a grand wedding reception in Nairobi.
Dr. Frank Mugisha is a Ugandan LGBTQ activist, founder of icebreakers Uganda, and director of Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG). Though he didn’t face hatred in his native land when he revealed he was gay, he has seen the effects of disclosing such sensitive information; one of his friends and fellow activist David Kato was beaten to death after his name appeared in a story titled “top 200 gays in Uganda.”
Dr. Mugisha actively raises awareness of gender identity and homosexuality by using his platform as director of SMUG.
Born Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, the Nigerian eccentric cross-dresser didn’t reveal his sexual orientation until November 2017. Nonetheless, what makes Bobrisky an activist of sorts is she openly lives her life with no shame or fear of harm in Nigeria which is known for imprisoning and causing physical harm to gay and lesbian persons.
Mokgadi Caster Semenya is the 26-year-old 2016 Olympic gold medalist and middle-distance runner. She’s caused an uproar in the sports realm due to the speculation of her gender. Semenya has abnormally high levels of testosterone, the hormone more prominent in men.
Semenya considers herself a female as do her parents; she married Violet Raseboya in 2017. Although Semenya doesn’t indulge in questions about her sexual orientation or love life, she is paving the way for many by continuing to live her life on her own terms without the need to justify her choices.