LGBTI

Mbeki’s Criticises Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

Former President Thabo Mbeki has criticised Uganda's anti-gay bill, saying it does not make sense and what two consenting adults do in private ‘is really not the matter of law’.

South African gay rights organisation, South African Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), says that it is highly appreciative of the firm commitment to human rights and the South African Constitution as displayed by Mbeki.

HRW: SA Lesbians Face Abuse

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that the South African lesbians are abused by even those closest to them, a reality that contrasts with the high ideals of the country's Constitution.

In a report released this week, the watchdog group says that, "Lesbians and transgender men live in constant fear of harassment as well as physical and sexual violence."

Zim Threatens to Punish Homosexuals

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, says that homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour, saying the inconsistent with African and Christian values.

Mugabe, who was speaking at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Trust at Unki Mine, has been quoted as saying that, "Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely."

Interrogating the Notion of ‘Corrective Rape’ in Contemporary Public and Media Discourse

Recent media reports have shown a rise in attacks against lesbian women in townships across South Africa. The nature of the violence includes assault, often with grievous bodily harm, rape, murder or any combination of these. The sexual violence perpetrated against these women has become a particular focal point in media coverage, crudely termed ‘corrective’ or ‘curative rape’.

16 Days to Focus on Plight of Lesbians

The Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities says that this year’s 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women and Children will cover challenges faced by lesbian women, including 'corrective rape'.
 
Minister Lulu Xingwana, who highlighted that this year’s campaign will cover challenges of attacks on lesbian women, pointed out that, “We’ll seek to raise community awareness about the need to address so-called corrective rape and murder of lesbian women.”
 

Country Loses HIV/AIDS Funding Over Gay Rights

The Global Fund has denied Uganda US$270 million needed to put over 100 000 more people on lifesaving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) because the country's policies are deemed harsh on sexual minorities.

Minister of Health, Zainab Akol, points out that by the time the department is through with one group's rights, Uganda will be having 130 000 new infections.

Perpetrators of Corrective Rape: Uncertainty and Gender in the 21st Century

South Africa is “witnessing a backlash of crimes targeted specifically at lesbian women, who are perceived as representing a direct threat to a male dominated society” according to ActionAid, an international non-governmental organisation backed by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).[2] The most notable of these crimes against lesbian women is corrective rape.

Killing of Lesbian a ‘Hate Crime’ – HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has declared the brutal rape and murder of Noxolo Nogwaza, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activist who was stabbed and stoned to death in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, a hate crime.

In 2008, lesbian activist, Eudy Simelane, was raped and murdered and a gay man narrowly escaped with his life after being attacked by a mob there in 2010.

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