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In Zimbabwe, Mugabe resumes his gay-bashing

MUGABE’S LATEST ANTI-GAY TIRADE As has become the norm, as soon as Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was inaugurated for his seventh term in office, he resumed making scathing remarks against homosexuality. During his inauguration ceremony on Aug. 22, attended by thousands of people as well as African dignitaries Mugabe spoke at length about Zimbabwe, trade, … Continue reading

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Talk of changing Zimbabwe constitution incites LGBT fears

The Zimbabwean LGBT community has been plunged into fearful uncertainty by news that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party intends to make changes to the new Zimbabwean constitution. In March, the new constitution won overwhelming support in a referendum. It had taken four years to build, owing to haggling and political bickering between Zanu PF … Continue reading

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LGBT people in spotlight as Zimbabwe election nears

As Zimbabwe prepares for watershed elections on July 31, homosexuality has once again taken centre stage. While the President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has taken a stance against homosexuality, vociferously describing it as an evil, the MDC party of challenger and prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has remained mum on the issue, a development that … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe LGBTs reject premier who turned on them

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is at it again, publicly deriding homosexuality during a gathering in a high-density suburb of Glenview. Could it be that the man gets a homophobic streak during the month of March? Exactly two years ago the leader of Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) made similar homophobic remarks during women’s day … Continue reading

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LGBTs worry as Zimbabwe moves to restrict rights

The long-awaited Zimbabwean draft Constitution outlaws same-sex marriage, which has aroused concern in the community of Zimbabwean lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In interviews, LGBTI people said they fear that such homophobic legislation would fuel hatred and violence against them. “I don’t have aspirations of getting married, but I fear that such laws … Continue reading