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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in NAMIBIA...
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As a lesbian, having spent almost a year in Namibia, was simply fantastic. Not everyone is open, but, its all changing. Namibians are very kind people and once understanding something - they accept. However, even if they dont accept it, they will let you be. There was a case a while back about Mr Gay Namibia being abused, but since then. Things have changed, one thing that needs to be improved on is the police's reaction to same sex harassment. Namibias gay community is growing and improving. I cant wait to return :)
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I don't think it's correct to say that Male to male relationship's are not legal in the country. There's no law making them illegal, so I don't know where that came from. This country merely has no provision made for LGBT people. There are however only laws that protect the people, and they count for ALL people in Namibia. Being LGBT in Namibia is not legal, or illegal. There's just no enforcement in it at the moment.
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faithful (user currently living in NAMIBIA) posted for lesbian readers on 01/07/2011 tagged with sexual orientation +9
The mood in Namibia is most definately changing when it comes to lgbti movement building. The social network facebook as really helped in connecting us all. I remember how isolated we felt as lbgti people in this country. Now i see how we are networking and forming alliance.I am a lesbian feminist.My passion is lesbian rights and promoting feminism through writing. I believe that documenting our lives is one key for us to educate and empower the rest and the ones that need to still come. As a young womyn that is absolutely out of the closet, i must say i have not encountered physical attacks on me for my choice of sexual orientation. But what bothers me is the silence and the invisibilty we are living in. The more we share and document our lives through social story telling, photography, poetry to mention few, the more information and documented archives of lbgti community we will have. I am happy to say that i am very glad for all the lbgti organisations that are imerging in Namibia today. We as activis are working really hard to bring about changes in our community and the nation at large. My biggest aim as i said is promoting lesbian feminism among young women, to be more specific young lesbians through arts, documenting our lifes and using the internet as a means of networking, empowerment, education and support. We have a long way to go in Namibia, but we are getting there. Change wont come in a day, but i can see it already, how more and more people are coming outof the closet.
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