These transwomen constantly demonstrate through their intelligence, strength, and stubbornness, that they will not cease to fight for the right to live as themselves, remaining incredibly resilient even in one of the most violent places in the world.
When asked which the biggest misconception within the Muslim community about queer people and issues is, Nair responded that it is the belief that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah spoke of homosexuality. “Historical and contextual evidence indicates that the situation with these cities was a case of male rape as opposed to men loving men,” he explained.
Not one to shy away from defending LGBTI rights, the projects 1000th face, Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls upon the world to be civil and accepting of gender and sexual minorities. He continues to emphasize his message of peace and tolerance in the video. “It is easier to love than hate,” the renowned Archbishop says as he decries homophobia and violence towards LGBTI persons.
When asked if he regrets reporting the case to the police, Jonkers responded: “A month ago one of my friends was murdered and justice hasn’t been served in his case. At first I didn’t want to report to the police but I thought to myself, ‘It could happen to someone else tomorrow, so I have to take a stand’.”
The successful candidate will gain a unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of an emerging network, striving for a just world in which the dignity, faith, spirituality, and human rights of persons of all sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are honoured, supported and protected.
And while South Africa has a famously inclusive constitution that protects the rights of its gay citizens, an Afrobarometer survey recently found that 21% of South Africans aren’t tolerant of homosexuals, with corrective rape of women and hate crimes against gay men, especially in rural communities, continuing to pose a serious problem.