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date: 19 September 2020


  • Carla Williams


Lesbian sexuality has always existed among women of the African diaspora Lesbianism is not a new phenomenon nor is it wholly a result of interaction with Europeans as many blacks claim White anthropologists in Africa perpetuated this notion failing to acknowledge in their reports the preexistence of homosexuality or when acknowledging it attributing it to the influence of aberrations of Western behavior In turn this morality often steeped in Christianity became the morality of the first generation of postcolonial Africans There is even a persistent school of thought within the black community that gays and lesbians simply do not exist In truth homosexuality and same sex relationships have always been a natural part of African communities whereas homophobia was largely an import from the West A prevailing perception is that black people as a whole are intolerant of homosexuality within their community often attributing it to the negative influence and ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Black Women in America, 2nd ed.

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