IS HOMOSEXUALITY A WESTERN INVENTION AS BELIEVED BY MOST AFRICANS OR A SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF GENETICS AT WORK?

IS HOMOSEXUALITY A WESTERN INVENTION AS BELIEVED BY MOST AFRICANS OR A SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF GENETICS AT WORK?

From time immemorial, homosexuality call it “same-sex relationships” has been into existence dating many centuries back. A lot of facts about the topic in question can be traced in vast cultures that have existed for many years back dating from ancient times.
Homosexuality has existed in various civilizations and cultures around the world citing many examples in Europe, Africa, Asia among others. For example in the ancient Greek civilization same-sex relationships can be traced as far as Plato’s days, In South America, the Aztecs, Mayans, Zapotec among others. History has figures Socrates, Lord Byron, Hadrian, Dorian Grey among others having the term ‘gay’ used onto them.

In Africa the Azande people in north of Congo, Zulu people in South Africa and Buganda in Uganda, examples can be traced. For example prominent figures of the time such as Shaka the Zulu and Ssekabaka Mwanga of Buganda kingdom were prominently homosexuals; however the practice had died out by the early 20th century, after Europeans had gained control of African countries, refuting the notion that same-sex relations are an invention of the west onto the African continent.

According to 1976 study by Gwen Broude and Sarah Greene, It was discovered that out of 42 communities: homosexuality was accepted or ignored in 9; 5 communities had no concept of homosexuality; 11 considered it undesirable but did not set punishments; and 17 strongly disapproved and punished. Of 70 communities, homosexuality was reported to be absent or rare in frequency in 41, and present or not uncommon in 29.

The notion that homosexuality is an invention fueled by the west as believed by most African countries and many other parts of the world has been watered down by recent research and technology that points out the role of genes in one’s sexual orientation.

In 2004, Italian researchers conducted a study of about 4,600 people who were the relatives of 98 homosexual and 100 heterosexual men. Female relatives of the homosexual men tended to have more offspring than those of the heterosexual men. Female relatives of the homosexual men on their mother’s side tended to have more offspring than those on the father’s side. The researchers concluded that there was genetic material being passed down on the X chromosome which both promotes fertility in the mother and homosexuality in her male offspring. The connections discovered would explain about 20% of the cases studied, indicating that this is a highly significant but not the sole genetic factor determining sexual orientation.

Therefore in this time and era, it is really so absurd for one to deny any one aright to select his or her love partner basing on obsolete assumptions as many of the countries that deny these rights to LGBT persons.
By UGOM

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