Murder against LGBTI – 28/03/2014

The reality between South Africa’s progressive Constitution and what happens on ground level remains a challenge to many. Especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community feels the harsh effect as murder, rape, violence against the LGBTI community continues. In the most recent incident David Olyn was tied up, beaten, set on fire and killed according to reports, last weekend.Although many civil society organisations and state departments are working tirelessly to stop the persecution against the LGBTI community somehow it appears as if LGBTI hatred is escalating. The question remains. Is homosexuality un-African? Are the anti-gay legislation of countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia adding to this dilemma or is this just a simplistic matter of ignorance?

The reality between South Africa’s progressive Constitution and what happens on ground level remains a challenge to many. Especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community feels the harsh effect as murder, rape, violence against the LGBTI community continues. In the most recent incident David Olyn was tied up, beaten, set on fire and killed according to reports, last weekend.Although many civil society organisations and state departments are working tirelessly to stop the persecution against the LGBTI community somehow it appears as if LGBTI hatred is escalating. The question remains. Is homosexuality un-African? Are the anti-gay legislation of countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia adding to this dilemma or is this just a simplistic matter of ignorance?

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