Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) is speaking out about the recent brutal attack on a lesbian in the town of Chitungwiza, south of Harare. According to GALZ, the attack followed “continued reports of harassment and threats towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the area by known individuals."
From New Zimbabwe: CHITUNGWIZA police are investigating a vicious street attack on a lesbian.
The Gays and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) says the woman, who has not been named, had earlier been insulted at a local bar where she was in the company of a female “friend”.
The woman, described as in her 20s, was “punched in the stomach and pushed to the floor” by two men who also kicked her.
“One of the men broke a bottle of beer on her head,” a GALZ statement said on Wednesday.
She underwent treatment for her injuries at Chitungwiza General Hospital.
“Medical reports were used to open a case against the perpetrators with the police,” the statement added.
A police spokesman confirmed two men had been interviewed over the September 2 incident and investigations were continuing.
GALZ said the attack followed “continued reports of harassment and threats towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the area by known individuals”.
At the beginning of August, Bulawayo24 News reported that five men were arrested in Domboshava near Harare on allegations of "being gay and committing acts of sexual immorality."
Last year the offices of GALZ where raided by police and two employees were arrested after GALZ participated in a national process to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the new constitution.