LGBTI

Religious Leaders Urged to Promote LGBTI Rights

Gender-based violence independent researcher, Lisa Vetten, says religious and traditional leaders have a major role to play in preventing homophobic crimes.

Reacting to the killing of 26-year old Duduzile Zozo in Thokoza, Vetten says although South Africa is a leader in recognising the rights of gays and lesbians, in practice those rights only exist on paper.

Lesbian Victim Died of Organ Damage

The ramming of a toilet brush into the vagina of Duduzile Zozo, the lesbian who was murdered in Ekhurhuleni, caused her death, according to the post-mortem results.
The victim of what is believed to be a hate crime against lesbians suffered severe organ damage during the ordeal.

Police spokesperson, Godfrey Maditsi, points out that, “There was no blood at the scene. She died from severe organ damage.”

Gauteng Premier Denounces Lesbian Killing

Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, says the killing of lesbian Duduzile Zozo was brutal, senseless and unacceptable.

Mokonyane points out that, "We urge the community to approach police with any information that will lead to the arrest of people responsible for this barbaric act, so that they can face the full might of the law."

She further warns that there is no place for people who disregarded the country's national pride of unity in diversity, and infringed other people's right to human dignity and freedom of association.

Call for Africa to Respect Gay Rights

United States President Barack Obama says his basic view is that regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats homosexuals, they should be treated equally.

Obama points out that, "We have a moral obligation to decry the marginalisation and persecution of LGBT persons. And we have a moral obligation to promote societies that are more just, more fair, and tolerant."

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights: Senior Communications Specialist

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is a coalition of 15 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex [LGBTI] and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) led organisations in 13 African countries. Founded in 2009, AMSHeR works to increase the protection of the sexual and health rights of gay men and other MSM, strengthen the capacity of member organisations, contribute to the development of effective HIV programming and facilitate research on gay men and other MSM.

Zambian Police Arrest Gay Rights Activist

Zambian police have arrested a gay rights activist minutes after he appeared on a live television show to press for same sex marriages.

According to the Zambian police, Paul Kasonkomona was picked up on the night of 7 April 2013 as he stepped out of MUVI TV studios, where he openly advocated for gay rights.

Kasonkomona was charged with ‘inciting the public to take part in indecent activities’, according to police chief, Solomon Jere.

Joburg Gay Pride Scrapped

The organisers of the Jo'burg Gay Pride have decided to end the event, listing the disruption by One in Nine protesters last year as a factor.

The parade ran for seven years and attracted crowds of more than 20 000, according to Jo'burg Gay Pride Festival Company board member, Samantha Durkin.

Fellow board member, Fulvio De Stefanis, argues that, "The interruption of last year's Joburg Pride march by the activist group, One in Nine, was also a factor in our reasoning."

Forum for the Empowerment of Women: Project Manager

The Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) is a nonprofit organisation that works with and in the interests of black lesbian women in South Africa.

FEW seeks to appoint a Project Manager, based in Johannesburg.

The person will manage a new multi-year donor funded project. The project aims to create, support and sustain networks of lesbian women in urban areas around Johannesburg.

Responsibilities:

Sexual Offences Courts for SA

The Department of Justice & Constitutional Development has announced that 58 dedicated sexual offences courts will be opened to address a rape crisis of nearly 65 000 attacks a year.

Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, points out that the courts are set to be ‘fully functional’ by September 2013.

The new courts will sit within existing courts and will hear all cases of sexual assault, including attacks on lesbians and gays.

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