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    Uganda is a diverse nation. It has a lot of ethnic groups -- dozens and dozens. I'm much more acquainted with other African regions, mind you, and could easily be confusing some of these (not being a historian, but often needing to draw from historical works). My best recollection is that the first wave of strong anti-homosexual sentiment that I'm aware of -- and this doesn't mean existent in all of Africa, because again, not my area of expertise -- came with various religious influence from about the Middle Ages onward.

    You've definitely piqued my interest about this, so I am going to look up anything possible on African homosexuality in earlier periods (I reject the notion of a truly pre-colonial Africa) as well as in indigenous cultures. Honestly, I ought to have a better grasp on this history in more regions and ethnic groups.

    What is definitely true is that these have been deeply homogenized by even fairly subtle Western (and also European and even Middle Eastern religious) presences so that "What Africa believes" is a definite amalgam of the beliefs of others. Sometimes this is due to a concerted effort, like with the Family and similar groups, and sometimes it's probably somewhat unintentional but still due to other religious interfaces and cross-cultural hybridization of thought, resource, and the confluence of these.

    BTW, big props to you for NOT falling into the "One Universal Africa" trap! Africa is nothing if not diverse. The more we, as Western people, realize this, the better we do for Africans to recognize their individual cultures. :)

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