The Tanzanian government is trying to ban the importation and selling of sexual lubricants in a rather insidious attempt to end gay sex.

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7.28.2016

Guess What Country is Banning Lube to End Gay Sex?

Over the past century, there have been innumerable government initiatives attempting to stifle homosexuality globally: the 1986 United States Supreme Court decision in Bowers v. Hardwick made same-sex intercourse illegal (which was overturned in 2003); seven countries in the Middle East over the past decade have labeled gay sex as a criminal offense justifiable by death; and Russia, more recently, enacted a “gay propaganda penalty” that would cost suspected queers a pretty penny if caught doing something kind of gay.

And as of this week, Tanzania can now be added to that list. In a strategic, almost insidious move, the Tanzanian government is trying to ban the importation and selling of sexual lubricants. Unlike other countries that simply criminalize same-sex relations, Tanzania decided to attack the middleman: lube. The discriminatory idea, while admittedly cunning, is ultimately flawed, as queers will inevitably use  alternatives.

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Brace yourself, buddy. It gets harder from here.

The government didn’t issue the ban on moral ground, but rather to help “curb” the nation’s HIV epidemic. “It is true that the government has banned the importation and use of the jelly to curb the spread of HIV,” Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu informed local news outlets earlier this week. “It is estimated that 23 percent of men who have sex with men in Tanzania are living with HIV/AIDS.”

While this decision might seem antiquated, it’s important to note that homosexuality is still illegal in most of Africa, including Tanzania. Advocacy groups are ceaselessly trying to create a safer environment for queers in these high-risk environments—providing individuals with resources like condoms and education—with the intent of dismantling stigma and ending the epidemic. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Let’s just hope we can make some progress before it’s too late.

Images via. Reddit and Queerty. 

Stay tuned to Milk for more on lubricant regulations. 

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