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Homosexuality worrying Uganda and journalist meets with G&L in Ghana

The "spread of homosexuality and lesbianism" in Uganda’s secondary schools is worrying the government.   The Commissioner for Special Needs Education, Counselling and Guidance in the Education ministry, Mr Amogor-Locain, spoke to a gathering of 400 head teachers.

A nation that cannot have a well behaved cadre of youths is a nation without a future…

He blamed the teachers for "failing to tackle the alarming trend".  The teachers however, blamed the government for "not arresting the situation early enough.  They suggested more student counsellors geared to "expunging homosexuality. 

One response has come from a Ugandan living in Canda.     Opiyo Oloya has written an  open letter  to Mr Amogor-Locain accusing him of being mis-informed about homosexuality and inciting homophobia.

Two issues arise from your statement. First, your statement suggests
that homosexuality is like the common cold that is passed on from one
person to another.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Though debate about the cause
of homosexuality continues, scientists and social theorists tend to
agree that nobody chooses to be homosexual. Available data from the US,
Canada, Australia, and elsewhere in Europe tend to place the homosexual
population between 3-8% of the total population. Here, in North America
where gays live and work alongside heterosexuals, the gay population
remains steady. You don’t see young people suddenly catching the
“homosexual disease” simply by interacting with homosexuals. In other
words, without data that suggest increase of homosexuality in Uganda
schools, you are merely fanning homophobia.

Secondly, by crying that the sky is falling and we must do
something about it, you are perpetuating the stereotypical notion of
homosexuals as social deviants who must be stamped out. This has
generally been the attitude elsewhere in Africa where homophobia is
very strong. For example, some of the loudest protests over the
ordination of openly gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire
last October came from Africa.

As Uganda is a signatory to the Universal Delcaration of Human Rights, it has agreed to Article 2.  Ugandan’s stance over homosexuality is therefore a violation of the Declaration.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this
Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour,
sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social
origin, property, birth or other status

Meanwhile, journalist, Prince Macdonald discovers the gay and lesbian scene is alive and well in  Accra, Ghana  and finds them to  be "not only great speakers but great dancers also"…????????? I guess he wasnt aware that G&L were like everyone else afterall!

Ghana is no different than other African countries that view homosexuality as a foreign disease for the
                      white "man", and cannot be found in Africa. Others
                      believe that foreign tourists who visit Ghana import it.
                      Homosexuals are perceived as ill or sick people who do not
                      know what they are doing. Others believe that gay and lesbian
                      people do not exist in Ghana…………..and the story goes on..