Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Zambia face legal challenges not faced by non-LGBT citizens. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal for both males and females in Zambia.
Formerly a colony of the British Empire, Zambia inherited the laws and legal system of its colonial occupiers upon independence in 1964. Laws concerning homosexuality have largely remained unchanged since then, and homosexuality is covered by sodomy laws that also proscribe bestiality.
Social attitudes toward LGBT people are mostly negative and coloured by perceptions that homosexuality is immoral and a form of insanity. In 1999, the non-governmental organisation Zambia Against People with Abnormal Sexual Acts (ZAPASA) formed to combat homosexuality and homosexuals in Zambia.
Arguably the largest recipient of Fundamentalist Evangelical missionaries during British colonial times, Zambia's societal attitudes towards homosexuality heavily mirror these influences. A 2010 survey revealed that only 2% of Zambians find homosexuality to be morally acceptable; nine points below the figure recorded in Uganda (11% acceptance).
In 2013, Christine Kaseba, the wife of former President Michael Sata, said that "silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. But this is far from a widely held view, as the following extracts from the editor’s comments on July 17, 2019 in Zambia Daily Mail:
Homosexuality: Not in Zambia
IN RECENT years, many developing countries have come under pressure from some sections of the Western world to embrace homosexuality in exchange for financial help.
Those countries with the financial muscle use that to lure developing countries through hefty donations.
Some sections of society claim those who practise homosexuality deserve to be given the right to freely do so in their respective countries.
However, in Zambia, homosexuality is not only illegal but goes against the country’s culture and values as a Christian nation.
It is, therefore, commendable that President Edgar Lungu has demonstrated unwavering boldness and commitment to stand against any pressure to legalise homosexuality.
He has time and again come out strongly against homosexuality, even to potential donors.
When he met the outgoing Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederin and European Union head of delegation Alessandro Mariani, the President reaffirmed the country’ stance against homosexuality.
President Lungu told the envoys, whose countries are known to support gayism, that Zambia will not impose such on its citizens in exchange for financial assistance from other countries.
President Lungu said there are certain matters that are enjoyed as rights in some parts of the world but these may not be regarded and accepted as such by Zambians.
“Some cultural differences have proved that some of the rights enjoyed in some countries cannot be applied elsewhere such as in Zambia,” he said.
The Head of State is on point. Certain so-called rights are better confined to where they are. Zambia has no quarrel with that. Zambia, however, has the right to determine its own standards.
For Zambia, which is a Christian nation as enshrined in the constitution, embracing homosexuality is an affront to the declaration.
Through the declaration as a Christian nation, Zambia chose to be governed by biblical principles.
The Bible is very clear about homosexuality – it is an abomination and is detestable before the eyes of God. (He goes on the quote Leviticus and refer to Sodom and Gomorrah…)
If all people became gay, where does that leave society?
The wind of gayism is blowing and as a country, Zambia should be on guard to protect future generations.
It is a known fact that proponents of homosexuality are using money to lure young people into this evil.
As a country, we need to be watchful because despite homosexuality being illegal, there are some people promoting it secretly.
The proponents are subtly packaging homosexuality as a sexual orientation and right.
In whatever way it is branded, homosexuality is an abomination and has no place in Zambia.
As we reported in April (Exit issue 341) we know of at least one gay Zambian whose request for refugee status in South Africa has been denied by Home Affairs for patently spurious reasons including He could not name LGBT organisations in Zambia and He cannot be gay because Zambia is a Christian country.
These so-called reasons for rejecting Anold Mulaisho are just stupid. Anold has another hearing with Home Affairs in October and we call on them to take this matter seriously.
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