Gays and lesbians still living in fear


The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Limpopo said their members are in hiding as they fear being killed, raped and burned.
LGBTI secretary in Sekhukhune, Phakamani Mavimbela said it was important that they add their voices to the campaign against the gender-based violence plaguing the country.
There are many lesbians that have been victims of corrective rape across South Africa, while gays are mocked and ridiculed.
Mavimbela said their sexual orientation does not mean they should be killed.
“I want to say to the communities that we need your support. LGBTIs are hiding, because they are scared of being raped and being brutally burned or something else could happen, so we are here asking support from the province. We are human beings, we need you. Nothing is wrong with us, it is just that our orientation differs from other people. It does not mean someone has to rape and kill me or even burn me. Can you imagine someone being burned alive?”

Thapelo Motseo

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