Progress on LGB Equality in Zimbabwe
This week, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai reversed his position on same-sex relationships, saying that he now believes that gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals should be protected in a new constitution for the country and calling freedom of sexual orientation a “human right.”
Until recently, he had said he agreed with President Robert Mugabe’s position – that “gays” were “worse than pigs and dogs.” Sadly, this sentiment is all too common in that part of the world. In recent years in Uganda, bills have been repeatedly introduced to execute or indefinitely imprison those found “guilty” of “homosexual acts” or of “supporting” homosexuality. Similarly, in Zimbabwe, it is illegal for two members of the same sex to kiss, hold hands, or hug.Tsvangirai’s change of heart is therefore immensely important, especially because it comes as Zimbabwe’s next election approaches (in which Tsvangirai will be challenging Mugabe) and as the country considers a new constitution. If lesbian, gay, and bisexual Zimbabweans are able to at last secure their rights in the new constitution, it will be a very large step forward – Zimbabwe will at long last be recognizing the stamp of the Divine within all people, including LGB individuals (Genesis 1:27).
Video courtesy of BBC.