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Ethiopia's War on Homosexuals

Published: Dec 14, 2013 Filed under: Ethiopian News Views: 24,170
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  • "Ethiopia is supposed to be clean and holy," he wrote in an email. "I felt like such a dirty person for having those feelings."
  • Ethiopia is a deeply religious country

By Katie J. M. Baker

In a bleak little apartment on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, nearly a dozen men in their 20s take turns trying on a pair of black skinny jeans and watching Project Runway episodes downloaded off YouTube. There's no plumbing, Internet or furniture, but because the space is private, it's paradise.

When friends enter, they're greeted with chirpy Hiiiiis - an homage to RuPaul's Drag Race - before joining the jumble of cute boys sitting on the floor, drinking tea, eating spaghetti, and sharing photos from a recent "glamping" (glam camping) trip. Boche ruffles his boyfriend's hair - they share this apartment with a friend - as he tells me how they met. Victor shows me the cursive tattoo over his heart: B.T.W., which stands for Lady Gaga's acceptance anthem Born This Way. Like most of his friends, Victor still lives with his parents, so he'll be staying the night, as he does most weekends. A cold tile floor and threadbare cots have never seemed so cozy.

If these giggling, affectionate men acted this way - unabashedly, stereotypically gay - on the streets of Ethiopia's capital, they could be expelled, beaten up, fired, disowned, or jailed. This is the reality of what it means to be gay in Ethiopia.

Seventy-six countries criminalize sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and 38 of them, including Ethiopia, are in Africa. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, 97 percent of Ethiopians think homosexuality should be outlawed. Unlike Mauritania, Sudan, and Northern Nigeria, Ethiopia doesn't mandate the death penalty for same-sex sexual acts, but thanks to draconian laws that forbid activism while allowing Western evangelicals to promote homophobia, Ethiopia is on track to join their ranks.

In many countries, it's getting better for the LGBT community. In Ethiopia, it's getting worse.

A Society Eviscerated

Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law allows the government to hand down 20-year sentences to anyone who "writes, edits, prints, publishes, publicizes, [or] disseminates" statements that the government considers terrorism - meaning, essentially, that the police can search and arrest anyone they please, from reporters to activists, without a warrant. The country's anti-advocacy law bars charities and nongovernmental organizations that receive more than 10 percent of their funding from abroad from participating in activities that advance human rights and the promotion of equality. The latter measure is both cruelly specific - children and the disabled are two examples of many marginalized groups that can't be protected - and vague enough to scare nearly everyone.

As a result of these laws, both adopted in 2009, there are no health centers, charities, publications or even nightclubs that expressly serve Ethiopia's underground LGBT community - the few reputable organizations that once existed have been shuttered or forced to remove any mentions of human rights from their mandates. Given that a volunteer who, say, dares to hand out lubricant to gay men could face imprisonment and jeopardize his or her groups' larger-scale work, organizations have decided it's not worth the risk.

Prominent international financing organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has convinced repressive governments to devote funds to educating and treating MSM (men who have sex with men), have had no luck in Ethiopia, which refuses to fund or even permit any MSM-targeted HIV prevention, treatment or care programming. Gays are persecuted in Uganda, but that country's health ministry recently admitted that specialized clinics for LGBT people have helped combat HIV rates; Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, the Ethiopian Minister of Health, would only tell Newsweek that homosexuality is unlikely to be decriminalized "in the near future," although any person "can access any type of services regardless of their sexual orientation." More than two dozen gay and lesbian Ethiopians interviewed by Newsweek said that's a sick joke; the community is terrified to seek care.

Ethiopia employs a "two-pronged strategy that results in a climate of fear and self-censorship," said Leslie Lefkow, Human Rights Watch's deputy director, Africa division. "The government has effectively closed off the country in terms of independent investigation. They've eviscerated the civil society. Frankly, it's shocking."

Lefkow said HRW, one of the few organizations that once researched LGBT issues in Ethiopia, has found it "increasingly challenging" to do such work, since it involves sneaking in undercover workers. She was surprised that gay Ethiopians had agreed to talk to Newsweek, even anonymously. "You should check up on [your sources] after the article comes out," she warned, "because the government will."

Several prominent global watchdog organizations said Ethiopia wasn't on their radar due to limited resources and difficulties getting around the anti-advocacy law. "The U.S., U.K. and other governments give huge amounts of aid to Ethiopia while remaining tight-lipped about the extensive violations of human rights happening throughout the country," said Claire Beston, Amnesty International's Ethiopia researcher.

Aaron Jensen, a spokesman for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, said in an email that the U.S. supports LGBT rights "and frequently delivers this message in public statements and private meetings with government officials," but would not go into details. It seems that the most productive way the U.S. State Department "delivers this message" is by copying and pasting the same two paragraphs year after year in its Ethiopian Human Rights Report, which briefly notes "some reports of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals" while acknowledging that "reporting was limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization."

Feeling God's Hate

Most Ethiopians insist that homosexuality is a Western disease, says Mercy, a 28-year-old LGBT activist who fled to Washington, D.C. from Addis last year. A 26-year-old Ethiopian who currently studies in Boston and goes by the name Happy on Facebook said that he grew up thinking it was a "Western thing" to be gay.

"Ethiopia is supposed to be clean and holy," he wrote in an email. "I felt like such a dirty person for having those feelings."

Leaders of Ethiopian Muslims, heads of the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic churches, government officials, members of the Ethiopian Parliament, leaders of political parties, and youth organizations routinely put their differences aside to attend conferences on the "gay problem" - one last year, entitled "Homosexuality and Its Associated Social Disastrous Consequences," was held in the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. "Ethiopians do not need their identity to be dictated for them from outside no matter how wealthy or powerful the forces applying the pressure," Abune Paulos, the former head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, told conference goers last year.

But, while Ethiopia prohibits foreign LGBT-related activism, it welcomes international religious groups that preach homophobia. Thus, "religion is used as proxy for discrimination," explains Ty Cobb, director of Global Engagement at the Human Rights Campaign, by groups who "couch hateful rhetoric in faith-based terms."

Last year's anti-gay conference and others like it are organized and funded by United for Life, a Western Evangelical Christian organization that receives funding from the U.K. and U.S. In May 2013, United for Life hosted a workshop during which police told government officials, religious leaders and health professionals that "homosexual family members and neighbors" were likely to sexually abuse children. A representative from the Ethiopian Inter-Religious Council Against Homosexuality announced that the council was making "promising" progress in convincing the government to introduce the death penalty to punish "homosexual acts." United for Life's president, Seyoum Antonius, has made it clear that he won't quit anti-gay advocacy until Ethiopia adopts the death penalty. One of his rallying cries is, "Africa will become a graveyard for homosexuality!"

In 2009, clandestine gay get-togethers were so popular in Addis that a Wikileaks cable from the U.S. embassy cited them as evidence of a "thriving" underground LGBT social scene. But no one can recall any taking place after last June, when a documentary called No Silence - About the 666 Satanic Act of Homosexuality in Ethiopia made national headlines. It didn't live up to its lurid title: The most "egregious" moments feature men in women's clothing drinking beer at a secret party. Still, the party-goers who were outed by the undercover cameramen had to go into hiding, especially after newspaper articles alleged that homosexuality was a contagious disease and the moral equivalent of child rape. A man named Solomon Negussie posted a comment wondering "what I can do as an Engineer to eradicate these people (I mean gays and lesbians) from Ethiopia or generally from the face of earth next to praying to God to give me the wisdom to produce a machine or virus that will kill or make them straight (like normal people!)"

The video was produced by the Gedame Tekle Haymanot Bible Association, based in Washington, D.C.

Ethiopia is a deeply religious country - the majority of its citizens are Orthodox Christian, then Muslim - but many church leaders are increasingly progressive when it comes to social issues like family planning. During a visit to the Holy Trinity Church, tour guide and longtime teacher Getenet Teshome said the church had relaxed its stance on contraception but that LGBT rights were "unthinkable" - even discussion was "highly condemned," since gay people would "bring doom to the whole earth." He added, with a smile, "I would kill them and expose them to the public, and I'm sure the public will never have mercy upon them."

Even idealistic millennials are homophobic. Youth leader Hezkias Tadele, 24, championed his generation's "openness" at November's International Family Planning Conference in Addis but said he didn't want to talk or even think about homosexuality, and claimed that his peers nationwide felt the same. "We want to keep our own culture," he said.

Selamawit Tsegaye, a 25-year-old graduate student at Addis Ababa University researching homosexuality in Ethiopia, said that her human rights classmates "think homosexuals are less of a human and they deserve to die; some even say very proudly if they meet one gay man they would kill that person."

The national campaign against sexual minorities has gained "extraordinary momentum" in the past five years, says Dagmawi Woubshet, a gay Ethiopian English professor at Cornell.

"There's complete silence around LGBT experiences because there's no forum for stories about the violence meted out by the state and family members on a day to day basis," he says. "My biggest fear is that these religious organizations are monopolizing the conversation and perpetuating a fear that's becoming impossible to combat."

Activists in Exile

In December 2011, Addis hosted 10,000 delegates at the 16th International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Ethiopian religious leaders were enraged when they learned that African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), a continental gay rights lobby group, planned to discuss LGBT-related issues, and quickly launched a text-messaging campaign that led to widespread protests and a meeting with Ministry of Health officials. Gay Ethiopians silently watched their friends and family post Facebook statuses about their plans to burn the host hotel to the ground.

Mercy couldn't take it anymore. As a volunteer for a few U.S.-based NGOs focused on HIV prevention and the founder of Rainbow Ethiopia, the only LGBT organization in the country - it covertly distributed condoms and safe sex information to gay men - he was invited to a preconference, and his photo appeared in the press.

A week later, Mercy - the lone gay Ethiopian willing to out himself that weekend - was detained and told to lay off the activism by police who said they'd been following him for years. Instead, he attended another AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. a few months later. When he got back, he was arrested and tortured. Fearing for his life, Mercy quickly secured a visa and escaped to Washington, D.C., where, he believes, the Ethiopian government is still monitoring him.

Mercy regularly updates Rainbow Ethiopia's website and Facebook group and says his goal is to "spread news of what it's really like to be gay in Ethiopia" - but it's hard to get U.S. organizations to listen. He's had a rough time attracting attention in Ethiopia, too. Mercy is an "ambiguous character," says Happy, who moderates two popular gay Facebook groups: Ethiopia Gay Library, which tracks media coverage, and Zega Matters, a forum on which more than 700 people discuss LGBT issues. (Zega, which means "citizen" in Amharic, is a code word for gay). "Many in the community are doubting that he is gay in the first place because he is just like this ghost that knows everything about the community," Happy says. "he watches you but you can't see him."

It's not a good sign if one of the most dedicated LGBT activists in Ethiopia's history is so shadowy that his allies can't track him down.

Even U.S.-based activists like Mercy and Happy are afraid to divulge their real names or get into details about their work. Consider what happened to 26-year-old Robel Hailu, universally adored by other Zegas because he's one of the only "out" gay Ethiopians still in Africa. Hailu "put Ethiopian Gay rights on the map," one admirer says.

Like Mercy, Hailu attempted some LGBT activism in Addis but moved to Pretoria, South Africa in 2011 to pursue a master's degree. In 2012, he entered the international Mr. Gay World contest. He wasn't only the first Ethiopian to enter the pageant; he was the first black African, which meant he was pilloried in the press and shunned by his family. Hailu remembers his father's last words to him: "I don't want a gay son. You are not my son from this minute. It is better to kill yourself than be gay."

Hailu moved to Cape Town after his phone wouldn't stop ringing with anonymous death threats, and believes he'd be arrested if he returned to Ethiopia. He misses the family and friends who've abandoned him, but says it's his life's dream to start an Ethiopian LGBT organization. He just has to figure out how to do it.

"I told myself that if I put myself out there, a million people like me can start to live," he said via Skype. "Nowadays things are worse than ever in Ethiopia.... I am not sleeping until everything sorts out."

Afraid to Show Your Facebook

Ethiopian LGBT activists face ostracism and jail as they fight for their rights. For some gay Ethiopians who aren't as idealistic, the Internet is enough radical change for now. "Without the Internet and social media, [being gay] is a living hell," says Happy. "We live in hiding, in constant fear, in secrecy... with the help of the Internet, we were lucky enough to meet other gay people, make friendships, and thrive underground."

On his closed Facebook group, Zega Matters, gay and lesbian Ethiopians ask each other questions ("Have you ever got caught while masturbating?"), post funny videos ("Every Bottom's Thoughts") and share tips on safe sex. The few Ethiopian lesbians who post on Zega Matters told Newsweek they don't have any gay female friends off the Internet, so it's comforting to share awful experiences, like when Dondo, 24, was accused of "displaying affection" on her college campus with a woman, taken to the police station, and nearly expelled.

Around two dozen well-educated, middle-class 20-something Ethiopian men have formed an intimate clique both on and offline. Some people call them The Facebookers.

Before they found each other, the Facebookers were lonely and self-hating. "I knew I was different, but I didn't have a label for it," says Beki, "and I didn't think there was anyone else out there like me." The Facebookers knew of starved, homeless sex workers who would sleep with anyone - young teenagers ignored by authorities, even when assaulted, unless they were willing to "convert" to heterosexuality - and married men who allegedly had affairs with other men, but they didn't know any gay Ethiopians who weren't ashamed or persecuted. Their only proud and out role models were from mainstream Western pop culture, which explains why their weekend get-togethers resemble the sassy PG-rated sleepover party of a Bravo executive's dreams: Many LGBT people find those stereotypes limiting, but for the Facebookers, they're liberating.

Beki says the movie Boat Trip (2002), about two straight men who get stuck on a gay cruise (Roger Ebert said the film was so bad that "not only does it offend gays, it offends everyone else") changed his life; another Facebooker says Get Real (1998), a critically acclaimed British film about a gay teenager, was a revelation. Starved and searching for what one called "gay resources" - from porn to episodes of Glee - the Facebookers eventually discovered gay Yahoo! groups, then Facebook, then each other. Now, they go clubbing on weekends and meet for "lifesaving" lunch breaks during the week. They text each other constantly.

Most of the men have two Facebook accounts: a straight one for family and old friends, and a gay one under fake names like "Lucy Fur" or "Ben Dominus" (the latter reminded the user of a Greek goddess). "It sounds like I spend an unnecessary time on Facebook, but it's my home," Ezana explains. "It's my 'hood. My everything. On Facebook, you can be angry when you want to be angry, you can miss someone if you really miss someone, and you can be naughty when you want to get naughty."

The Facebookers allow me to tag along as they go to restaurants, clubs and their favorite meet-up spot, an elegant, quiet hotel frequented by expats and backpackers. It has a shady terrace in the back, ideal for conversations no one will overhear. Some of them constantly look over their shoulder, while others are comfortable acting, as they say, "Fagulous" - like when Ezana, wearing cargo-patterned harem pants and a neck scarf, squeals, "Ooh, my new Nikes!" after a waitress accidentally spills coffee on his feet. Beki says he has felt progressively more comfortable being himself since he started hanging out with The Facebookers. "I do a lot of snapping," he jokes, doing just that with his well-manicured nails and a sly smile.

When I ask if it's not obvious to strangers that they're gay - a dude-only crew of super stylish, impeccably groomed guys in fitted leather jackets who all yelp and shimmy when the DJ plays Lady Gaga - they tell me they often get suspicious looks but usually nothing worse.

But that's because they don't push it. When they do grind up too close on the dance floor, they risk getting kicked out of clubs. All can name friends who've been beaten up for acting "too much like themselves" in public. I can't take their photos, or use their real names, or even describe any of the spots where they like to drink or dance because then they'd be in danger - they've already had to abandon a few hangouts that became known as gay favorites.

But when the Facebookers are together, they're too blissed out to care about the risks they take, like teenagers in that heady, social butterfly phase of middle school. They sling their arms around each other and show off their customized jewelry. They whisper about cute boys who work at the nearby pizza place. They're in BFF love.

The Facebookers help each other out in times of need, too, like when a friend was kicked out of his parent's house after his sister accused him of being a pedophile, or when two gay students were outed and suspended from their university. But, overall, they're more concerned with their weekend plans than how to spark a revolution. Sure, most of their families and friends would abandon them if they knew they liked to have sex with men, and they can never let their guard down; but together, they feel safe. It's a double life, but it's better than no life at all.

Some say they're slowly coming out thanks to the support they get on Facebook. One night last fall, Victor's sister asked him if he wanted to test out some of her nail polish. The two ended up painting each other's nails and chatting late into the night. Later, Victor posted a photo of his shiny nails with some thoughts:

"It got me thinking, is this normal, do most guys sit on a couch and have their nails done by their sister?... Does she know, is that why she is comfortable?... Does she suspect?... Was it a test which i have failed so miserably? Couldn't figure it out. Its true that we all give these little signs that we r and might be gay. We like to cook, we like to put on that perfume which will make all heads turn, we dress nicely and neatly, and well, we walk the walk. I call these signs, THE COMING OUT SLOWLY SIGNS. They guide ppl in helping them to sink the idea of our sexuality slowly... Don't hesitate to be urself. It will make ur life easier and it will also make their understanding way easier."

The Facebookers don't like to think about the future. How will they ever be able to pursue long-term romantic relationships if they have to keep them secret? As they enter their 30s, "the pressure will get stronger to get married and have kids," Beki says. "I don't know what I'll do."


The largest barrier for most is what their parents would think; not one has come out to his mother or father. "My mom would literally die," Ezana says. "I would rather be depressed and sad for the rest of my life than tell her I'm gay."

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  1. degie asmare
    degie asmare
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    we against to homosexual
  2. KONJO
    KONJO
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I WISH IF I'M A PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. ARAB BITCH
    ARAB BITCH
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Many Ethiopian women practice female to female sex in the Arab countries and try to say their lesbian while they are not because they think it is being civilized. They also have separate facebook account where they pretend to be lesbian and add other girls. Most of them are victims of rape by their female boss while working as maids. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THEY BRING THIS KIND OF CULTURE BACK HOME
  4. GrowUP People
    GrowUP People
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    For one last time I would say this BEING GAY IS NOT A CHOICE. Do you have to touch the fire to know that it is burning. Please people have empathy. I have seen people coming together for their fellow brothers and sisters in Saudi. IF you really care about equal treatment of citizens stop advocating the killing of your brothers. Lets discuss the issue and solve the problem we are facing today.
  5. Dnt lie u gay guys also know how much it is bad life
    Dnt lie u gay guys also know how much it is bad life
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Of many bad side of gay life, they never want to share their feeling or to live the life with the one who have the same feeling, but, they are practically touch inocent straight even kids, they need to do sex with any boy. So 99% of gay are selfish, bad, and doing sew with many partner. I don't think u have moral to talk about right and justice.
  6. Xboy
    Xboy
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    ማንም በምርጫው ጌይ የሆነ የለም

    ግብረ ሰዶም ወይም በአማረኛው
    የሠዶም ሥራ እየተሠበሠቡ ተመሳሳይ ፆታን መደፈር ነበረ
    የተመሳሳይ ፆታ ፍቅር ግን መፋቀር ነው መድፈር ግን
    ለተመሳሳይም ሆነ ለተቃራኒ ፆታ ወንጀል ነው ይሄ ባይሆን
    እንኯን መጽሐፉ በቀልና ፍርድ የኔ ነው ይላል እናም ይሄን ቃል
    ረግጣቹ ካልገደልናቹ ብትሉ 'የሚያደርጉትን አያውቁም እና
    ይቅር በላቸው' ብለን እንፀልያለን
  7. Xboy
    Xboy
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    ማንም በምርጫው ጌይ የሆነ የለም
    'እነሆ ወንዶቸ
    ከወንዶች ሴቶቹም ለባህሪያቸው ከማይስማሙ ሴቶች ጋር
    ያመነዝሩ ዘንድ ለማይረባ አዕምሮ አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው'
    እናም ማንም በምርጫው ጌይ የሆነ የለም ልክ ይሁዳ
    ጌታን ለመሸጥ እንደተፈጠረ ሁሉ ተፈጥረው እንጂ ምክኒያቱም
    በመልካም ጎኑ ባያስረዳም አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው ሲል በፍላጎት
    እንዳልሆነ ያስረዳል ሌላው ግብረ ሰዶም ወይም በአማረኛው
    የሠዶም ሥራ እየተሠበሠቡ ተመሳሳይ ፆታን መደፈር ነበረ
    የተመሳሳይ ፆታ ፍቅር ግን መፋቀር ነው መድፈር ግን
    ለተመሳሳይም ሆነ ለተቃራኒ ፆታ ወንጀል ነው ይሄ ባይሆን
    እንኯን መጽሐፉ በቀልና ፍርድ የኔ ነው ይላል እናም ይሄን ቃል
    ረግጣቹ ካልገደልናቹ ብትሉ 'የሚያደርጉትን አያውቁም እና
    ይቅር በላቸው' ብለን እንፀልያለን
  8. anbeso
    anbeso
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    our culture is fertile for homo and lesbeins we sleep together we hold hands outside walking we kiss mouth to mouth in the city and in the country side they screw the goat , sheep ,dog, donkey and etc.homos are true biological error , by that I mean , if a female body is made with male liver and pancreas then the hormon it produces is a male hormon , so the female would be attracted to a fema
  9. Rekik
    Rekik
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    If a Japanese, born & raised in Japan goes to Korea and picks the culture, way of life and moral values of the Koreans, then he is Korean! Same goes to Ethiopians who steal other countries way of life, moral values and culture. If you are that ashamed of the Ethiopian culture and you go to West and adopt their morals, then you are no longer Ethiopian. What makes us Ethiopian is our MORAL VALUES!
  10. Kidi
    Kidi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Egziyabhere mihretun yabzalin.
  11. BITCH
    BITCH
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @ HappyAddis

    You are posting too many comments and it is not right, if it is itching you hard on your back you can sit on Electric poll to calm you down *** bitch.
  12. HappyAddis
    HappyAddis
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Homosexuality is not a choice. gay and lesbian people dont choose to become gay or lesbian. Straight people do not choose to be straight right?
  13. Extraterrstrial
    Extraterrstrial
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hahahaha Ethiopia already have huge number of bitch prostitute women on the planet. If the Ethiopian men also pick their women's life style and start selling their azz imagine what kind of a country Ethiopia could be?!?!?! Nothing is worrisome about Ethiopians as their prostitute culture.
  14. HappyAddis
    HappyAddis
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    People. Please read this article closely. It is just telling you whats on the ground. Showing you what your gay brothers and lesbian sisters are going through in Ethiopia.
    Why do you hate people that you dont understand yet?
    I hope you can try to imagine the pain they go through because people don't understand them.
  15. Gemeda
    Gemeda
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    It is unhealthy and un natural sexual attraction. I support any effort to stop the western disease to our country. Death penality is a good punshiment that deter theme.
  16. DUNGAHA
    DUNGAHA
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ethiopia has a lots of social issues such as poverty,education,clean water,bath rooms and so on,this is not our problem at least for now,we do not want bushti in our land we know that capitalism love to femenized black dudes just they did in other state such as Mexico and latin america where men often dressed up like a women.We ethiopian have high level of moral standerds when you come to homos
  17. Ethiopians smart
    Ethiopians smart
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    What a nonsense, this guy talking about. How dear he can be able to write such article on this websight? Your brain is not functioning well. If you trying to be gay actives, forget it, not in Ethiopia. we make sure not survive anyone whoever come to diminish the law of our God, we don't have tolerance to those brainless gays. This is not Obama's country , this is Ethiopia. We keep the Law of God!
  18. Be yourself!
    Be yourself!
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Its really sad at the same time funny to see people using the words God and killing someone in the same sentence. Do these people understand the true sense of religion? Gesus died for our sins and here we are talking about killing people for an act that we dont approve. I think the line that most christians most of the time seem to forget is 'dont judge or you too will be judged'.
    Personally am not a homosexual. I dont think its the right way in life and its against my religion to be one. But at the same time i believe its not necessay for everybody else to have the same opinion as mine. People should have their maximum liberty as long as the rights of others are not touched!
    Am not saying lets legalize it. As a single person i am open minded. But the majority of the people of ethiopia think its against culture, religion and society. So legalizing it is difficult , to be realistic impossible, since the act is considered as against public morality.
    But to enact a law that declares death penality on homosexuals is to go backward and is to be premitive. Hopefully that law will never get legislated!
    Btw respect for rahel, mimi and for others who share the view beyalhu. :-)
  19. Dont judge!
    Dont judge!
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Its really sad at the same time funny to see people using the word God and killing someone in the same sentence. Do these people understand the true sense of religion? Gesus died for our sins and here we are talking about killing people for an act that we dont approve.
    Personally am not a homosexual. I dont think its the right way in life and its against my religion to be one. But at the same time i believe its not necessay for everybody else to have the same opinion as mine. People should have their maximum liberty as long as the rights of others are not touched!
    Am not saying lets legalize it. As a single person i am open minded. But the majority of the people of ethiopia think its against culture, religion and society. So legalizing it is difficult , to be realistic impossible, since the act is considered to be against public morality. But to enact a law that declares death penality on homosexuals is to go backwards and is to be premitive. Hopefully we will not see the enactment of this law.
    Hmm guss since am open minded i should be burned alive too. Btw respect or rahel and mimi beyalhu :-)
  20. ADDU GENET
    ADDU GENET
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    JUST KILL THEM. Ye metebelaw yelat Ye metelebesew yameratal. OUR LAND IS HOLY LAND. IT IS NOT GAY LAND. SO WE DON"T NEED THOSE *** PEOPLES OUT OF ETHIOPIA.
  21. AE
    AE
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Rahel keep your philosophy for yourself, Gayism has not got a place in Ethiopia.
  22. Matt
    Matt
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hiding the fact is never been a solution. Ethiopians please stop acting that you are unique people in this world. No you are not in fact you are the most poor, uneducated and very troubled, suffered and ignored people. Put your pride side and work for better society, a society where everyone is equal no matter who you are, for a better economical equality , for better generation. Wake up Guys!!!!
  23. Xboy
    Xboy
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Born this way
    'የሚያደርጉትን አያውቁም እና ይቅር በላቸው' 'እነሆ ወንዶቸ
    ከወንዶች ሴቶቹም ለባህሪያቸው ከማይስማሙ ሴቶች ጋር
    ያመነዝሩ ዘንድ ለማይረባ አዕምሮ አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው' እነሆ
    ከመሐላቹ ይሁዳን በመልካም የሚያነሳ አለን? ሁላቹም ጌታን
    የሸጠ ከሀዲ በመልካም እንደማታነሱ አምናለው እኔ ግን እላለሁ
    ጌታን ከወለደችው ይልቅ የሸጠው ይሁዳ ቅዱሥ ነው ለምን
    ቢሉ ዓለም በሞቱ ድኗልና ታዲያ ይሁዳ ባይከዳ መዳን ከወዴት
    ነበረ እናም ማንም በምርጫው ጌይ የሆነ የለም ልክ ይሁዳ
    ጌታን ለመሸጥ እንደተፈጠረ ሁሉ ተፈጥረው እንጂ ምክኒያቱም
    በመልካም ጎኑ ባያስረዳም አሳልፎ ሰጣቸው ሲል በፍላጎት
    እንዳልሆነ ያስረዳል ሌላው ግብረ ሰዶም ወይም በአማረኛው
    የሠዶም ሥራ እየተሠበሠቡ ተመሳሳይ ፆታን መደፈር ነበረ
    የተመሳሳይ ፆታ ፍቅር ግን መፋቀር ነው መድፈር ግን
    ለተመሳሳይም ሆነ ለተቃራኒ ፆታ ወንጀል ነው ይሄ ባይሆን
    እንኯን መጽሐፉ በቀልና ፍርድ የኔ ነው ይላል እናም ይሄን ቃል
    ረግጣቹ ካልገደልናቹ ብትሉ 'የሚያደርጉትን አያውቁም እና
    ይቅር በላቸው' ብለን እንፀልያለን
  24. Rahel
    Rahel
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    We really have no place to judge these people. We're interrupting God's work by doing so. And you can't let everybody be like you, you can only be yourself and they're being themselves. It saddens me when I see straight Ethiopians insult these people, How can you feel good about yourself by doing so?LET THEM BE ! They can do whatever they want it's their life ! It's a free world ! I lied, it's not
  25. Rahel
    Rahel
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I feel like this is too much, I was always against Gay people because I was born and raised in a very religious and cultural way, But even though I am against it definitely doesn't mean I choose for them to get abused,beaten down and also get killed just because of who they are. If it's against our religion then let God do the judging.who are we to judge??????????
  26. Tazabi
    Tazabi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ethiopians died of Aids in huge numbers because of lax attitude of the government when kids turned to be street girls following the nationalization and the economic and political turbulence. People came from the middle east mainly just for the sole purpose of meeting street girls and who knows maybe boys too. Back then nobody knew what was going on , Ethiopia needs to be free from poverty not ..
  27. Amleset Dallas :)
    Amleset Dallas :)
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Noforsatan...all I have to say is that you are an idiot period...perhaps you need to pick a book and read once in a while...I have no idea why I am trying to educate Moran East Africans ... After all y'all are the type of people that hate a certain person just because he is from a certain ethnic group or speaks a certain language or is born in a certain area not by choice :) never mind sexuality.
  28. makebo
    makebo
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dire tube is fast and a good media .
  29. NoforSatan
    NoforSatan
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    For centuries science defines the difference between human being and animal as" unlike animals, humans have mind or consciousness and thereby they are able to think and conceive ideas, thought, duties and their day to day life" Even if animals are said thus, they never have sex with their same sex, these shows animals have outstanding and surpassing ability of thinking and perceiving than Gays.
  30. Tikur sew
    Tikur sew
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    who is going to read this load of shitt. diretube suppose to pick few paragraph
  31. Amleset Dallas :)
    Amleset Dallas :)
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Question to the non homosexual people...when did you choose to be straight? Perhaps if you have not chosen to be straight have you ever wondered it's the same way with the Homosexuals? Just saying ... And to the people debating about what's natural and what's not just know that what's natural to you is not to others either it's sexuality or religion or whatever...at the end don't Judge period.
  32. Zee
    Zee
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Growing up I saw lots of cats and dogs in my neighborhood,but never saw them once cross the line.
  33. it could happen to anyone
    it could happen to anyone
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Nelson M...still dont see your point. I didnt say lets burn them alive. I have no authority or say on what they want to do with their body(actually i care less). All am saying is, according to my believes(religious), my community and the way i raised.. its just unacceptable and wish i dont see it being legalized in my life time. u can always homosociallize some other country.
  34. Ananymous
    Ananymous
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    it is not a blessed or a natural phenomenon to be supported by us human beings.God did not create us this way and we should not degrade our humanity to degrees us such.God meant marriage to be between a man and a women bottom line!!! its very inhuman!!! and to see a man in a dress or wearing full makeup is absolutely hilarious!it doesn't take a genius to understand how *** it is!!!
  35. sosina
    sosina
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    menelik was gay... he cut women breast off what kind of shit is that
  36. Getoch
    Getoch
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    bushtin bekumu makatel new !!!!
  37. RT
    RT
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ethiopian during mengstu.. time.. we never had shit homo... shit... our new Gov.. need to punished gay just like Iran....end of story!!!!!!! We Ethiopian never had aids... shit.. now we have aids.... shit... need to be punished.. we can not affored this shit.. man....
  38. RT
    RT
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I do not give a ***.. we have to eliminate gay shit... it is going to cost as money... aids... shit.... I am against homo... shit.. it is sick...sick... sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!! Ethiopian Government need to step in and punished the GAY... End of story....
  39. JH
    JH
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Fro ladies,its ok just invite dick some times.three some,that make it interesting.for a men why you wann *** man ass?there is plenty nice pussy out there.if you have to fuk anal,go head fuk girl anal.no need two guys shag each other while there is a lot of girls out there.to be honest I do care,but still weird to see two ethiopian faggots.plus social stigma,so *** girl till a better day come.
  40. Ashenafi
    Ashenafi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    It's just about time to start a gay & lesbian civil rights movement in Ethiopia. I hope with our struggle Ethiopia will be a heaven for gays!!!! God bless Ethiopia!!!
  41. ANTI HOMO
    ANTI HOMO
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    to be honest show me i can kill them all ! i do by myself just give me there address . like we did before we will cut out ur dirty dick ! ask some of your friends may be you will find the punishment they receive.
  42. I AM
    I AM
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Rekik u say it all you are pure Ethiopia thank you proud of u.
    God keep Ethiopian
  43. The Path
    The Path
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I am not here to judge anyone but i strongly believe that the gay right is not a natural right.I whish it is eradicated without any voilence. The westerns are becoming countries without religion, culture and traditions. The youth are biased! History tells us this problem has been experienced in every society as a "problem" except in Athens! All of a sudden it becomes a natural right in the 21stC!
  44. Rekik
    Rekik
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Aster Kelati..u are NOT Ethiopian, you just wish you were! True Ethiopians are well-behaved people, humble, classy & just beautiful. They do not copy the evil values of the West such as promoting homosexuality as if it is normal. It is not! We like western clothing/shoes but we don't have to like/copy their evil values because they do not have a bahel that is why their imagination has no limit
  45. Rekik
    Rekik
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @TiTi..I agree that foreigners mouth goes anywhere & on everything, that is why if you pay atten & look at the ferenji's lips, it is disgusting..full of blisters, bloody pimples, etc. Truly a turnoff. Many of them have herpes, which is a lifetime disease transmitted sexually so while they are all over the place (where they should not be), they pick up the disease and the world see it on their lip
  46. messay
    messay
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @shulman One day all those things will be history…..NOOOOOOOO gay in Ethiopia
  47. Rekik
    Rekik
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I look at homo people just like people who have cancer or mental disease. I find their behaviour so unnatural that it makes me think they do not choose to be that way. But many are saying it is a learned behavior but I don't know how one can teach such sick or unhealthy behaviours. In short, I do feel sorry for them but I don't want them in my environment!
  48. TiTi
    TiTi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Are there any lesbians too. I just want to know because I heard that Ethiopian women like their pussy to be eaten so they may do it with their won roommates. that's why they love to go out with foreigners. Ethiopian men don't do that do it on the right way.
  49. NoforSatan
    NoforSatan
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Aster Kelati ,Do not tell as that you are Bitch G.. of MDV.. We Ethiopians have our own culture and religious view. we do not care how lovely are ur nasty , evil sprit pursuing gay and lesbian friends. We do care about Our God's Word. He already told us these Gay and lesbian act is is EVIL'S sprit. But as a human being we do pray for them to get out of it. The necessary thing u have to know is , we will never ever support them to dwell and get democratic and low cover to go forward and engage in the cursed act. Take that. Go and do your staff u do not belong to our community. U come to America and you sold ur f**** a** to get money and then become such a shit Gay .Do not tell as this is the right act because industrialized countries are supporting it to happen. Sooner or latter u will get what you deserve, for ur act against God and to impose and led others in a wrong path way. God will Keep and Bless his people and land from evil. Even if we are sinners!!!! God bless Ethiopia. For other real Ethiopians , I would like to apologize to use Some unnecessary words and language, I was very shocked to hear this from some body who claimed herself from Ethiopia, our beloved nation.
  50. mamo
    mamo
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    no space for homos....period
  51. I AM
    I AM
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @ Amleset Dallas and Niel Genesis 19:24-25 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
    we are not to Judge but we are trying to save holy land Ethiopia if I can't save my country then I will be like LOT.
  52. Shulman
    Shulman
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    You Ethiopians are funny, You say your land is a blessed while you starve to death, your people are stricken by all kinds of diseases and poverty makes your country the worst place to live. Where is the blessing with that? and what has your religion done to you other than giving you endless, meaningless and useless rules while you lead a miserable life?
    Wake up !
  53. Mmush
    Mmush
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @Track them, before you try to track anyone, I will track your fat a** and put you where you belong , dont playi with fire you fool!
  54. Amleset Dallas :)
    Amleset Dallas :)
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus says, “Judge not, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
  55. Senait.
    Senait.
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    We all have our differences in Ethiopia. But when things like this happen I'm sure majority of us don't accept this kind of sins. Come on we need to keep our blessed land under God's rule. Stop been influence by Other country. Gay nor homosexual never been there before of course we don't want that now!!
  56. Mimi
    Mimi
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Can anyone tell me how LOVE can be wrong? Straight or Homosexual love is love!
  57. 2929
    2929
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I want to send a message and question to the writer of this article. Why do you think most Ethiopians chooses drought and died in the past time? I know this much, there were plenty of food to eat, but they choose to die hoping there is a better life ahead. If you found the real answer to this question you got the answer, but if you think individual right ....
  58. NILE
    NILE
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hate gets you no where!
  59. Track them
    Track them
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ethiopian community should Track those spoilers anywhere they have to be stopped early before infecting teenagers Happy Addis ...Victor Geta ..Mercy .. Robel hailu
  60. Nelson M
    Nelson M
    11 months, 2 weeks ago

    @It could happen to anyone
    Do you see the problem in your statement? Let me tell you something, I hate lot of things ,for instance I hate people spend too much time talking about European football, I hate the fact that a major part of the media time is allocated to football....but I don't go out and say lets make it illegal, because my likes and dislikes can't and should not be the measuring stick