LGBTI

Tlali Condemns the Raping of Lesbian

An openly-lesbian 13-year-old girl has become the latest victim of ‘corrective rape' in South Africa, as government promises it is working to stamp out the horrific practice.

The teenager was raped in Pretoria, in an act designed to try to ‘fix’ her sexual orientation.

In a press statement, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development spokesperson, Tlali Tlali has condemned “this senseless and cowardly act of criminality.” Tlali argues that, "Gay and lesbian rights are human and constitutional rights which must be protected and respected at all times."

NGO Condemns the Murder of Lesbian Activist

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year old activist who was a member of the Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee, was stoned and stabbed to death as part of an ‘epidemic’ of hate crimes against gays.
 
In a press statement, the organisations states that evidence indicate Nogwaza was targeted because she was a lesbian, saying the murder "appears to be the latest in an epidemic of brutal homophobic attacks."
 

Activists March Over Corrective Rape

About 25 rights activists from Luleki Sizwe, a small group of lesbian activists in the townships of Cape Town, have marched outside Parliament against rapes targeting lesbians in South Africa.

Speaking during the demonstration, which happened at the time when their leaders were meeting with government representatives, one of the demonstrators, Eugene Brockman, said they want the government to label corrective rape as a hate crime.

Going Into Stealth

When you see someone with a beard, or hear a deep voice, you simply accept the person as being male with no questions asked. You do not wonder about what is happening ‘down there’. You do not whisper behind your hand, ‘Is that a man or a woman?’ You simply accept.

And, in short, that is the reason why so many Female to Male (FTM) transgender persons go into ‘stealth’.

But please allow me to explain a few concepts.

Hate Crimes Against Gays on the Increase in Africa

International human rights groups are reporting increases in hate crimes against gays and lesbians across Africa.

Denis Nzioka, one of East Africa’s most prominent gay rights activists, points out that, “We have seen an upsurge of violence, of discrimination.…  You’ve got guys in Cameroon being arrested; you’ve got guys in Nigeria being killed for being gay.  It’s happening all over Africa.”

Homosexuality: Is Africa Making Progress?

The changing global environment has presented unforeseen consequences; the legalisation and widespread acceptance of homosexuality by certain countries in the world. This, however, has not eased the controversy surrounding homosexuality. So what causes homosexuality; is it innate or something learnt? This is a question that hovers in the minds of millions of people around the world. While homosexuality has gained acceptance in some parts of the world; it remains a problem to many, especially in Africa.

Gay and Lesbian Network to Celebrate Women's Month in August

Celebrating Women in Diversity

The Gay and Lesbian Network, a local non-profit organisation in Pietermaritzburg with a vision of creating a non-discriminatory, supportive, accepting environment in which the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community is uplifted and developed commemorates a significant day in South African history - National Women’s Day.

Lesbian Photos Immoral – Xingwana

The Joint Working Group (JWG) says that although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, Arts and Culture minister, Lulu Xingwana, as a person in public office, should not have walked out of an exhibition.

JWG’s Emily Craven says that by walking out of the exhibition, the minister played into the panic around homophobia in the country.

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