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A philosopher's perspective on being gay in Africa

27/06/2022

A philosopher's perspective on being gay in AfricaBeing gay in Africa is usually not easily accepted by the dominant heterosexual culture who argue that same sex marriages are unnatural.

by The Conversation

27-06-2022 13:15

in LGBTQIA

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Most African countries are constitutional democracies that afford extensive rights and freedoms to their citizens, and safeguard their dignity.

It is arbitrary, to say the least, to exclude from these the right to express sexuality or gender identity. But opponents of homosexuality would like to do just that. They often invoke public interest , protection of community and morals to violate the dignity of homosexuals.

Ghana's current constitution, for example, is widely hailed as an inspiring model of a state's observance of these freedoms. Yet, on 29 June 2021, The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 was introduced in parliament. It aims to promote proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values, and proscribe the promotion of and advocacy for LGBTQ practice .

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The bill's supporters claim to be motivated by religious and cultural values and ideals. The trend of the discussion of homosexuality in Africa since the 1980s suggests that this view is not uniquely Ghanaian, and that homosexuality nags at the conscience of Africans.

From religious perspectives, homosexuality is problematic because it is sinful, and sinful because it offends against God's will. Several theologians deny this.

But whether or not religions condemn same-sex relationships, my position is that in many African societies the problem has to do less with sinfulness than with an existential and moral commitment.

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To put it more plainly, I believe that many people oppose homosexuality because they feel they have a culturally sanctioned moral commitment to have children. And that commitment stems from the ultimate goal of promoting community welfare. In my view, this is a value which can accommodate same-sex relationships and protect homosexual people.

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Culture and nature I start by accepting that being African is a culturally distinct mode of being. I mean merely that certain values are more prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa than in other geographical locations. I don't mean that all Africans share one culture. And African cultures evolve all the time. I also start from the position that a person does not choose to be gay.

Being gay in Africa can pose culturally specific problems which the dominant, heterosexual culture may find hard to accept. But I think African culture can also offer a solution to this nonacceptance - a moral theory that allows people to embrace both their sexual being and their cultural being. Being gay and being African need not be seen as a contradiction.

First let's look at the dominant African culture I'm talking about.

In African societies, an important factor in anti-gay agitation is the moral weight assigned to having children, and emphasis on heterosexual intercourse as a way to achieving this. Procreation ensures continuation of biological heritage, through which the history of society unfolds.

Hence raising children and contributing to a lineage is upheld as a vitally important good for community. In this way, biological reproduction through heterosexual sex becomes a moral responsibility.

To write off the preference for heterosexuality as pre-modern and as biased against homosexuals is insulting and unimaginative. Rather than condemning this preference, it's more productive to find a way for culture to make room for homosexuality.

Some people describe homosexuality as unnatural , anti-social or un-African . This is not true. Several studies, including one on 50 societies in every region of the continent, decisively support the conclusion that homosexual relationships constitute a consistent and logical feature of African societies and belief systems.

The argument that same-sex practice is unnatural because it violates human nature also overlooks the fact that sexuality is a natural feature of human beings. Sexuality is part of what it is to be human. To be human is to be a sexually oriented being.

The tendency in Africa to relegate sexuality to a relatively minor part of human life - to the drive to procreate - tends to treat homosexual expressions as inappropriate. But sexual orientation is central to every person's entire sense of self, and not just to a small part of it which can be lopped off or put on hold at will.

Accepting the centrality of a person's sexual orientation to their humanity has significant moral implications which do not square with the existential and moral commitments of African societies I've described.

Opponents of homosexuality put more emphasis on the duty to have children, and overlook a deeper value, that of building and sustaining community. They gloss over the role that homosexuals can play in achieving the latter task.

A moderate communitarian solution My view is that the rights of homosexuals can be better protected by an African moral theory than by the standard constitutional safeguards.

The African moral theory that can achieve this is the Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Gyekye's moderate communitarianism. This theory holds that an action is intrinsically good if it serves the communal good - namely the social conditions that will enable each individual to function satisfactorily in a human society.

Moderate communitarianism gives equal value to what is good for individuals and what is good for community - as long as individuals and community serve and protect each other's value and dignity.

From this perspective, hom
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