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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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