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Diana (user currently living in ZIMBABWE) posted for lesbian readers on 14/01/2013 tagged with lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, health, sexual orientation, religion, illegality of female to female relationships
Though law does not expressly condone same sex marriage and/or relationships between women, it does expressly make it illegal for men and have also been used on a couple of occasions to harass lesbians in Zimbabwe. It is usually used as a political campaigning tool by politicians, despite the fact that a lot of politicians are in fact gay. a number of times people have been victimised for being lesbians and deemed worse that commercial sex workers. Families force women into marriage because they fear being in turn victimised by society for harbouring gay people or merely being related to lesbians. A number of women have been displaced from home and have often been left stranded by families who have found out about their sexuality and unfortunately some have turned into sex workers for survival. a lot have not been trained, educated or supported by family and the society at large for being gay and some even lost their jobs. Because there is no law protecting lesbians, there is no protection against such harassment and person embarassment. i was arrested, beaten, lost my job, and family threw me out after finding out about my sexuality.
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(user currently living in ZIMBABWE) posted for gay lesbian readers on 15/08/2012
Forty-four members of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) were arrested on Saturday at their Milton Park offices in Harare where they had gathered to launch their report on violations. They were however, released yesterday.
However, Harare provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector James Sabau said: “They were only taken for screening. We had received information that people we were looking for were there. So it’s false to say they were arrested and that they slept in the cells.”

But Galz claimed their members were arrested after 15 anti-riot police officers stormed their meeting.
“Galz deplores the arrest of its 44 members who had attended the launch of the Galz Violations Report and a briefing on the second draft of the Zimbabwe constitution on 11 August 2012 at the Galz offices,” Galz said in a statement.
“Four police officers attempted to gain entry into the premises before calling for back up where about fifteen (anti) riot squad members descended on the office and effected arrest. Thirty one men and thirteen women members were detained overnight at Harare Central
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