Zimbabwe’s LGBT community: why civil rights and health issues go hand in hand:
Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa was asked during a recent interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos whether his country might change its stance on sexual minorities.
He replied that the law would continue to prevail, saying:
“In our Constitution it is banned – and it is my duty to obey my constitution.”
He then went on to say that “those people who want it [decriminalisation] are the people who should canvass for it.”
This sort of tacit acknowledgement of LGBT people as a group that could advocate for their rights and inclusion offers a glimmer of hope. After all, Mnangagwa’s predecessor offered no space at all for sexual minorities to argue their case. Perhaps change may yet come to Zimbabwe’s LGBT community – and to the country’s laws.
The LGBT community is one of the most impressive and active communities in Albania and I really respect this a lot. I just wanted to add to that we will be here for you for the other part of the journey
Everybody knew I was a gay playwright. Many, many years ago Time was the first publication to spell it out, that I was a homosexual. I didn’t give a damn.
We must learn to see and be seen
to be so full of our pasts and our pride
that we can never be unseen again
This love is misunderstood and despised, persecuted, and misinterpreted as nothing else in the world! … They murder our love – and it lives. They strangle our cry – and the future resounds with it! They have murdered my books. But my books will live … Another judgement will be spoken by a brighter and better future. When, no one knows. But it is the only one I accept.
FannyAnn Viola Eddy, Speaking Against Silence:
Early in life, FannyAnn was forced out of her country and into a refugee camp because of the civil war. Despite the danger she lived in, being both a refugee and queer, Eddy was never silent. In those years, Eddy revealed the strength of her character and compassion.
She could have reasonably gone on living her life in safety and only dealt with the problems in her own life, because of the freedom Sierra Leone’s convoluted laws gave her, but she didn’t. She fought to have the needs of others in her community acknowledged, and she fought hard, not stopping a moment for convenience or even her safety.
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