Devil's Advocate Irene Major Explains Why She Is Launching A Homosexual Awareness Campaign In Africa


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In an interview with Huffington Post, London based Cameroonian socialite explained why she launching a campaign to bring awareness to homosexual abuse in Africa. Lady Hailes who is known for her extravagant luxurious lifestyle and the immensely spacious castle/ abbey that she calls home said;
On the one hand I was inspired by endless stories of persecution in Africa and the other hand my own views on the equality of all humanity underscored by my own experience of what the LGBT community brings to societies where it is not persecuted. In fact, we rightly praise the benefits that people such as Elton John bring to Africans through helping the fight against HIV. But in our very own African LGBT community we have our own potential Elton Johns and Ellen DeGenereses who can be liberated and nurtured and give back rather than staying fearfully in the closet or being persecuted.
My faith also inspired me; I am very spiritual. God is a loving God who would never allow humans to kill other humans and I ask that people show love to all; to see the goodness and potential of all souls,” when asked why she created GIA Foundation.
Read the rest of her interview with Huffington Post below”
Why is it important to you?
First of all I owe the LGBT community in my country, and continent, an apology for not taking this matter seriously earlier when I set up my charity IM Life a decade or so ago to focus on poverty. Since then there has been much persecution and killing of LGBT Africans and now  I must raise awareness of the abuse that this community faces.
I deplore the fact that the African LGBT community is in many instances barred from contributing to Africa society and persecuted and at worst killed simply on the basis of whom they choose to love.

How has it impacted you personally.
I have LGBT friends in Cameroon and worldwide and I see their love and the kindness of their souls. They have  long been my friends and many of my very best friends today are members of the LGBT community. To me love is priceless. Love is love. Let love live.


Explain the dynamics of African culture and the attitude towards members of the LGBT community. How does tradition shape views?
I do understand and am well aware that many Africans are hostile to the LGBT community. However it is a fallacy to claim that the LGBT community is somehow unAfrican. Human rights are universal and indivisible. Hiding behind supposed traditional culture is an abhorrent pretext for violating human rights. The LGBT community is often also picked on as an entirely innocent scapegoat scapegoat for problems (and hangups) that lie elsewhere.
Ironically, the tradition that creates a negative attitude towards members of the LGBT community in Africa is based on a narrow, “à la carte” and selective interpretation of certain scripture that ignores the wider lessons of scripture; moreover, there are multiple examples of pre-colonial LGBT acceptance and tradition throughout Africa.
What will you be doing in this campaign.
Fortuitously, this campaign turns out to be touching a significant cord and we have been approached by a number of worldwide charities, organizations and individuals who want to support us and help us.
In addition to the overriding aim of boosting awareness of the issues, we want to see the law changed to end homophobia and discrimination against the LGBT community, we want to see attitudes changed so that extra-judicial persecution and violence ends and we would like to consider specific ideas such as local support groups and safe-houses/safe-spaces. It shameful that it is necessary to remind people that it is not right to persecute or kill others. Period.
We intend to makes steps towards this through events, social media, interviews, partnerships and lobbying.
What do you want people to get out of this?
I want African people to be aware that there is an LGBT community throughout Africa and I want the world to know that this community is persecuted in many parts of Africa. In many parts of Africa, LGBT people can be killed for their orientation and in some they are subject to a legally-sanctioned death penalty.
I want to give a voice to the voiceless. I want LGBT Africans to find their own voices. To come out from the shadows and to contribute fully and broadly to their countries and continent.
Any wishlist collaborations?
Amnesty International
Outright Action International
Keko
Elton John
Richard Branson
Fellow Africans sharing the same fight

Anything else we should know? Event? Date??

Launch date is late July 2017

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