. After consistent homophobic speeches over the years Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe went off script during a speech at the UN General assembly in September 2015 to “reject new rights” and declare “we are not gays” to both muted laughter and applause. This is an indication of the wide spread view in Zimbabwe and many other African countries that the LGBT community does not deserve in basic human rights, leading to hate crimes and harassment across the nation.
“We think Martha is the perfect recipient for this award. We need more allies like Martha, who are willing to promote the rights of LGBTI people and to speak out against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia,” said Alan Smith, Senior Adviser in the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s HIV team and supporter of the IPPF Sexual Diversity Network.
By Teclah Matare Zimbabwe celebrated its unity day yesterday, yet for many LGBT people the day has lost its meaning. The continuous violation of their constitutional rights by the state coupled with the unabated attacks on those who are or perceived LGBT persons by state appendages speaks volumes of the many challenges bedeviling the community. Friday 19th December […]