”We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people” -British PM, David Cameron
A Brief Intro
Homosexuality refers to sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex. Homosexuality contrasts with heterosexuality which needs no introduction, sexual attraction toward people of opposite sex. The most common terms for homosexual people are lesbian for women and gay for men. Statistically (in the western world) gays always number slightly more than lesbians. It is interesting to note that up till 1973, homosexuality was among the American Psychiatric Association’s list of mental disorders. However due to various studies and researches carried out, “As results from such research accumulated, professionals in medicine, mental health, and the behavioral and social sciences reached the conclusion that it was inaccurate to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder”. They concluded their findings by saying “homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities.”
Homosexuality is not a new or recent issue as religions thousands of years old e.g. Judaism directly forbid it in the sacred texts of the Old Testament in the Bible (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13). It may also interest students of history to know that Plato (428?-327 BC) praised its benefits in his early writings but in his late works proposed its prohibition. Also, Aristotle (384-322 BC), in the Politics, dismissed Plato’s ideas about abolishing homosexuality; he explains that barbarians like the Celts accorded it a special honor, while the Cretans used it to regulate the population. This is to point out the fact that homosexuality has been a long standing debate in human history.
Present Western Perspective
With the brief preamble given above, it is not difficult to understand the stand of countries like the US and England and other European countries. Homosexuals, they conclude, are a normal type of people and any stand against them either in form of personal prejudice or even laws that a country may form against homosexuality is against the “human rights” of the homosexual. To put it in a simpler perspective, they consider bias towards a homosexual person as equal to racism or other forms of hatred towards people who are “different”.
The Nigerian Viewpoint
Many Nigerians consider homosexuality to be a “Western thing”. While this is not entirely true as we now have both gay and lesbian activities going on in our country, many Nigerians believe that homosexuality has no cultural existence, backing or acceptance whatsoever in this part of the world. In other words, if you tried to ask a 70 or 80 year old illiterate Nigerian In various rural areas about homosexuality, he/she does not have any idea and cannot even imagine or put into perspective what you are talking about. Again, this is debatable, but Nigerian lawmakers who represent and speak for Nigerians have agreed indubitably with this fact.
My Opinion (For what it’s worth)
Personally, homosexuality strikes me as an elaborate comedy, which has just formed needless debates, rancor and even bloodshed over the years (There has been cases in which gays were killed in the US). If a man desires anal penetration, he can just as well get it from a woman. The concept of lesbianism amuses me as it is well known that a female cannot get any real sexual satisfaction without some sort of penetration (Lesbians improvise with dildos and other sex toys 😀 ). However it seems homosexuality, by definition, transcends sex, the way I understand it, it is a completely divergent mental attitude i.e. a gay does not want to feel like he is having sex with a man, he actually has to have sex with a man to be satisfied sexually and psychologically. As for females though, they still improvise so I really don’t get it 😀 .
Do you share my views or understand homosexuality in a different way?
The English Prime Minister, David Cameron threatened that his country would suspend financial aids from African countries that still criminalize homosexual relationships, the American President, Barack Obama has also declared a personal interest in making sure that homosexuality is decriminalized all over the world and he and the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton have declared the ruling of Nigerian lawmakers criminalizing homosexuality as going against “human rights”.
Only a very naïve person will deny that homosexuality has come to stay. The stand of our lawmakers has been admirably vehement although the first citizen of the country, President Jonathan has not said anything concerning the issue. However, it seems unlikely that Nigeria will be able to call the bluff of the US and European superpowers for long especially with the level of our dependence on them for the “welfare” of our country (I’m a pessimist anyway). As far as they (The Western World) are concerned, we (Africans) are just old fashioned and ancient people who they have to force to “fall in line”. Will they have their way? Poland decriminalized homosexuality in 1932, Denmark in 1933, Sweden in 1944, United Kingdom in 1967, and India in 2009. Same sex marriages are legal in Belgium, Canada, Netherlands and Spain and you may even be surprised to know that South Africa legalized same sex marriages in 2006. Will Nigeria be next?
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