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AfricaLive Thursday, 4 July, 2002, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Your views: Homosexuality
Robert Mugabe
One e-mail said Mugabe's attitude to gays was the only thing he agreed with
Homosexuality is a taboo subject in many parts of Africa - but on Wednesday Africa Live! tackled it head on.


A caller from Uganda displayed some of the vitriol that exists towards homosexuals.

"It's totally wrong...we should help these people regain themselves, they are sick people, who need treatment," he said.

A common theme from callers, and within emails, was that homosexuality is un-African and does not exist on the continent.

Hilarius called from the Ghana-Togo border with this comment

"Homosexuality shouldn't be accepted, it's not the plan of God ...it's completely bad and I don't think it originates from Africa.

"I think it is Satanic and controlled by evil spirits".

It can be difficult for gay people to speak out.

Guests with our roving reporters in Ghana and Kenya alluded to having gay friends, but no one at either location was openly homosexual.

But evidence of gay practise did emerge.

A caller from Sierra Leone talked of how he had numerous approaches from gay men and Kofi in Ghana described the realities of life as a gay man there.

"Nobody's saying we want to have gay pride in the streets. It would be comfortable to be safe and be part of society...I've had people call me names, friends have been attacked and even in some cases people have been blackmailed; even if someone else makes a pass at you, you would be doubtful of their intentions. "

Kofi - not his real name - would only appear on Africa Live with his name changed and voice disguised.

This though was not the case for the gay men who the programme spoke with in South Africa, which has the most progressive gay legislation in the world.

Thursday on Africa Live! will see roving reporter Joseph Warungu in East Africa in the heart of Masai land in Southern Kenya, and Kwaku Sakyi Addo will be in Takoradi in the West of Ghana.


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