Out-Right Namibia (ORN), an NGO that focuses on the advancement and protection of the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Namibians, hereby responds to an article published The Villager on 10 September 2012, titled “Pink Party”. ORN condemns the unethical, derogatory, discriminatory and false reporting on the “Pink Evening with Friends” and deplores Editor Confidence Musariri for promoting homophobia, transphobia and reinforcing the negative stereotyping of sexual minorities.
The Pink Evening with Friends is a collective initiative which gathers a diverse group of LGBTI people, their friends, and family in a space free from discrimination and stigma. We share and engage with our friends and family on key issues affecting our lives, but most importantly, it is about celebrating who we are in all our diversity. It further aims to counter the rhetoric on our non existence in Namibia, and that of homosexuality not being African. It is thus a blatant lie that access was dependent on one’s sexual orientation – EVERYBODY IS WELCOME.
It is imperative that the media educate themselves on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity because, the majority, continue to disseminate subjective and fallacious information regarding LGBTI people. If The Villager wants to gain any credibility as a media house, it needs to improve its journalistic standards. This is not thefirst time that LGBTI people have been misrepresented by it. ORN demands for this statement to be published in the paper’s next edition, and hereby notifies the public that we intend to lay an official complaint with Media Ombudsman Clement Daniels.
In conclusion: Mr. Musariri, in future, DO NOT publish articles based on your personal prejudiced opinion. As editor, you should have some understanding of the basic principles of journalism – we hope.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Linda R.M Baumann
ORN Executive Director
Office: 061 – 245556
Mobile: 081 252 8259