Gays and Lesbians, Thou Shall Not Exist

Ada Ngoh
Posted February 7, 2010 from Cameroon

In my country and in my community, homosexuality is beyond taboo. The hate people have for them is beyond comprehension. If a gay couple were caught, the population will most certainly lynch them.

Homosexuality is punishable by Cameroon law. If someone were caught in a homosexual practice, they could face 6months to five years of jail time.

I don't share this opinion at all. I think that gays and lesbians have their place in society because they are not bothering anyone.

In my country, almost everybody thinks that homosexuals are people who are engaged in occultism, satanism or witchcraft. Nobody wants to believe that these people may have been born this way.

I want to change their mentality but it is not easy. Everybody around me expresses disgust when the subject arises. I try in my own little way to explain why I feel the way I feel, why people should be allowed to love whoever they choose to love.

People use the Bible to hate gays and my response is liars, adulteres, and even thieves are not treated the way gays are treated here, and all these other set of people are sinners. So lynch and kill gays?

So while my country men and women say to gays and lesbians "thou shall not exist", I say loud and clear "thou shall love as thou pleases".

LGBT Rights

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  • Jade Frank
    Feb 07, 2010
    Feb 07, 2010

    Hi Ada,

    So good to hear you chiming in on this discussion - especially an an African voice. I wasn't aware that homosexuality is punishable by Cameroon law - making activism extremely difficult in the face of public and legal discrimination.

    I applaud you for speaking out against the mainstream mentality of your fellow country men and women. Speaking out is the first step to activism and creating real change. I love this line, "thou shall love as thou pleases." Brilliant!

    Cheers, Jade

  • Ada Ngoh
    Feb 08, 2010
    Feb 08, 2010

    Hi Jade,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement. I wish I were able to do more because I hear all the time about how gays are beaten and locked up. However, I'll keep speaking my mind whenever the occasion arises. It helps in a very small way. I have been able to change the mind of one person I'm close to. I hope that if I do so, more people will come to see that homosexuality harms no one.

    warmest regards, Ada

  • Lum Achamukong
    Feb 13, 2010
    Feb 13, 2010

    Hi Ada, while you go loud that "thou shall love as thou pleases" may you take off just two minutes to reflect on 'love'. One more thing before i leave, He who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. Have you felt the pinch or you just feel for gays and lesbians and want to stand by them? Edith

  • Ada Ngoh
    Feb 13, 2010
    Feb 13, 2010

    Hi Edith,

    are you asking if I'm a lesbian? If you are, the answer is no. And yes, I am advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians. These are minorities and they should not be punished simply because they love someone. I am guessing you don't think that love is the appropriate word to use when it comes to gays and lesbians. So I am asking why? Human beings should be free to do as they please so long as they do not infringe on another person's freedom. If two people are together of their own volition, I don't think they are hurting anyone. Why are others so hostile to them?People are different, no one is the same, not even identical twins are totally identical!