With news of Asia and South America slowly gaining rights for LGBTQ people (And Australia getting heat for not yet legalizing marriage equality), perhaps it’s time we turned our attention to the continent of Africa.
But, we most likely wouldn’t like what we’d see.
For instance, the country of Tanzania is public ally ostracizing LGBTQ advocates in and out of the country (again).
The Home Affairs Minister, Mwigulu Nchemba, stated at a fundraising ceremony that anyone who advocates for LGBTQ people would be considered a criminal in the country.
“Those who want to campaign for gay rights should find another country that allows those things,” Nchemba said.
In the country of Tanzania it is illegal to be gay or to participate in gay acts. If caught, you could face up to 30 years in prison.
In addition, these public displays of homophobia have created a heated atmosphere with its citizens. Not only could you face prison time, but if word got out you’d most likely face social exile or worse, be the target of bullying/attacks from those around you.
Despite those facts, Nchemba keeps going anyway.
“I would like to use this opportunity to remind and warn all organizations and institutions that campaign and pretend to protect homosexual interests, that we are going to arrest whoever is involved and charge them in courts of law.”
“If we find a foreigner conducting this campaign, he or she will be deported within no time.
“They will not have even the time to unplug their mobile phones from the socket."