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lesbian (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for lesbian readers on 14/11/2013 tagged with human rights
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Dear lesbians....well I would like to thank the author of this Blog where by lesbians are free to share their opinions,,views and experiences as lesbians in Tanzania

Let me use the name “CLAUDIA“
I am a lesbian aged 27 living in Dar es salaam Tanzania,,,,,I recognise myself as a lesbian since I become matured..I always interested with girls and wish to make love with

I grow up with this strong feelings till now and iam facing a real hardship in my life no one wants us,,everybody abuses us but I keeps on hiding my true feeling so tha no one knows that I am a lesbian but deep inside I know who I real am

I never date with any boy although
They disturbs me a lot but I ignore them cz I don't feel them at all
I got a Germanish lady mixture Tanzanian who real understands my feelings and we live as couples with full of enjoyment but outside of the society out there they know nothing about us cz we preffer to do in a secrecy ways

I ready an article of one of aninymous above named “ANNA“ am verry impressed with her story and wish to met u my dear....why u pretend to got marie while u don't enjoy that life?oh am so sad of u m dear please do things which makes u happy don't pretend to live under ones shadow please atlist u were decided to live alone and enjoys your life like me although no ones knows that cz I do it in a verry secrecy way

Dear ANNA in wherever u read my artical please don't hesitate to write back to me....I know how u feels and I feels your pain and I don't want u to continour to bear that painful please....communicate with me we can share everthing and u will be happy as other hiden lesbians over there

My fake email is
tatianareyes49@yahoo.com

Contact me on that fake email,,as u know I can't explode my identity here DEAR ANNA and I will be there for you,,,,I want u to be happy your happiness is my happiness too I think u knows how lesbians do cared for eachother

We as lesbians faced lots of hardship in Tanzania but we keep on hiding as the only way to be survive..!!

Only lesbians who faced the same thing that we faced in Tanzania please just email me on
Email tatianareyes49@yahoo.com

Thanks
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Hi. Am going to use the name *ANNA* am 30 years old woman, working and living the life am expected to live by society.Am i lesbian woman who is married in order not to bring, what my father calls shame to the family. i even have a child.

My country bans and makes it unlawful to be gay and it saddens me that am in the legal sector and i watch as this law that affects me operate.

I live in a closet, afraid of each day that someone somewhere will report me and if am caught. I have refrained from having any relations with other women for fear of what repercussion maybe involved.

Am thinking of living my marriage and relocating because i do not want to live this fake life anymore, my husband has no clue as to my sexual orientation and my father made me swear never to ever reveal it. My mother pretends like she does not know yet she does.

i live a life of solitude, praying each day that my day will come when i will live free to love who i want and how i want. I teach my child every day not to judge people yet i live a lie.

My life,my story, my everyday routine.
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James Wandera Ouma (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 25/12/2011 tagged with human rights
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Dear Ally
I`m James Wandera the founder of WEZESHA an LGBT organization in Tanzania just send me an email, wandera@wezeshatz.org or vist our website you will get all our contacts there. www.wezeshatz.org.
We are here to help you live a better life as Gay.
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In Tanzania being LGBT is an offence that one can face up to 35rs in prison, though no one have been jailed so far but the life is not that good.
religious houses and leaders are againist LGBT, this makes the whole community go againist us.
We are not accepted, not recognized, stigmatized and discriminated. We really have no support from NGOs both local and international, not even human rights activists.
We are crying for help from our fellow friend worldwide join us we want our rights in Tanzania.
WEZESHA work to promote and protect the rigbhts of LGBT in Tanzania
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Dear friends all over the world here in Tanzania life is becoming more difficult for LGBTI community.
There is an increase of stigma and discrimination especially to Gays/ MSM. We Gay people now hide our identity due to fear of stigma and rejection.
Religiuos leaders are fueling the stigma and rejection they are actually making things worse. It is evidend that Gays are being mocked when they pass around, are not need in the neibourhood and are not welcome in any religious house.
Our efforts to fight stigma are being tramatized by the laws and poliecies that criminalize LGBTI people.
All HIV/AIDS interventions discrimiante LGBTI comunity, no one is ready to support prevention initiatives among LGBT comunity. Yesterday I was talking to an officer who is incharge oh HIV at CONCERN and She said they can not give their funds to people who do not know God.
It is sad,
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A young man aged 24 was aresited by policemen while in a hotel with his sex partner and he was badly beaten just because of his sex orientation
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