Zimbabwe LGBT Rights Campaigners Call for Recognition

With Zimbabwe marking 33 years of independence, campaigners are using the anniversary to remind people that the country is still a long way from securing basic rights for its LGBT citizens.
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) said in a statement: “We remain on course in our quest to achieving equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.”
The group added: “We are concerned that the state continues to vilify our kind and actively violates and harasses our kin. As a result our community lives in fear of violence and abuse because they have witnessed abuse or encountered violent homophobic slurs. The law facilitates harassment of LGBTI individuals because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Robert Mugabe has described gay men as “worse than dogs” and reiterated his hatred of same sex relationships last year. He had his henchman beat up Peter Tatchell when he tried to make a citizen’s arrest in London.