The current debate on homosexuality in the Gambia is extremely vexing because it is an exhibition of deep subterfuge in our society today. And our collective dishonesty is amazing. Blind homophobia does not help. It is time for Gambians to look at the mirror. If we are unable to face up to issues, we choose to sweep things under the carpet. So, there is the relatively sane Gambia that we portray publicly, then there is the other Gambia which is under the carpet. On the gay and lesbian issue, in public some pundits write things like “this is disgusting and un-African and not a critical issue for discussion.” Under the carpet, we have a vibrant openly LGBT community, including male and female sex workers plying their trade on streets of Greater Banjul Area, and around the Tourist Development Area under the nose of the Police.
April 22 / Freedom News