|Apinda Mpako, Pan Africa ILGA|
|Apinda Mpako, Pan Africa ILGA|
The House of Traditional Leaders in South Africa is petitioning for the ‘sexual orientation’ clause to be removed from the bill of rights contained in Chapter 2 of the Constitution.
The removal of the term will mean LGBTI citizens will face homophobic discrimination, and in many cases, homophobic hate crimes with no recourse.
They quote religion and degradation of society. But what kind of a society is it when violence towards a group of people is condoned? What kind of person would want a clause like this removed other than to engage in the violence themselves? This is the degradation of society. Violence towards the 'other'.
What kind of people are these people? They are barbaric, sadistic people. It makes me sick that another person can judge someone else on who they love. They want to clause to be removed so they can get away with the crimes they commit.
Homosexuality really isn’t anybody else’s business and it does not affect anyone else but the couple involved. It’s not negative and it’s not harmful. It’s a choice. Free will.
Those who quote religion as the basis of their hatred are not upholding any values. They are actually discarding the values of their religion in their loathing and lack of acceptance of another’s free will.
Indoctrination and hatred results in people becoming victims of hate crimes. Who do they think they are to say that loving someone is wrong?
Who do they think they are to quote ‘God’s word’ and impose it on someone else?
What difference does it make to anyone’s life that someone else loves someone of the same sex? Does it hold a gun to their head? Does it make them gay if they accept it? Does it endanger their life in any way?
The answer is simple. No.
Gay rights are human rights, because we are all human. It’s homophobic people who lack humanity.
If you don’t like homosexuality, shut up and move on. Why spend energy hating people when that energy can be spent loving others? The only consequence to anyone being gay is that they are gay. And we have better interior designers.
The consequence of homophobia is that human rights are violated and people get jailed, raped, beaten, abused and killed.
For what? For loving someone.
What kind of person condemns this? An awful one.
There are bigger battles to fight than denying freedom to those who are peacefully living their lives in loving bliss with a partner.
What are people so afraid of? Do they think it’s a disease like cancer? Do they think it’s spread by people exchanging rings and being happy?
Straight people aren’t the best yardstick to go by. We hardly hear of sexual violence within the LGBTI community, except for ‘correctional rape’ by homophobes against homosexuals. Why? Because there is no dominance of one gender over the other like there is in heterosexual society.
And from my experience, homophobes are generally the very same people who justify husbands beating and raping their wives.
If gay marriage and homosexuality is made illegal, it nullifies a human right to love whoever you choose. It’s the Immorality Act all over again. Apartheid round two here we come.
Activist Rita Mae Brown said: “No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”
I don’t usually entertain homophobes. If someone states any anti-gay sentiment to me, I immediately write them off. Do I beat them up and shout pro-homosexual slogans to them? No. I leave them alone to wallow in their hatred, because there are far more pressing matters to deal with than one idiot.
But many idiots, that spells trouble. Especially the likes of advocate Sango Phathekile Holomisa, who says the clause in the constitution was imposed on the South African people by the ANC. By entertaining the review, aren’t you imposing your hatred on others?
I also dislike the term ‘homosexuality’ because it sets people apart from others. I like to think of gay marriage as just ‘marriage’. Because I have breakfast in the morning. I don’t have gay breakfast.
I heard someone say today: “Claiming you hate gays because of your religion is like condemning someone for eating a chocolate just because you’re on a diet.”
What happened to “Judge not lest ye be judged?”
If you’re one of those conservatives getting out your pitchforks to kill homosexuals (or me for defending their rights) just to get into heaven… get over it. It doesn’t concern you. Gayness is not hurting anyone.
Else people will be killed. Innocent people. Just because one narrow-minded group of people who can think of nothing better to do with their lives.
To the House of Traditional Leaders, your ideologies are worthless in a world where we are seeking peace. Your hatred is not welcome.
Nelson Mandela said during his inauguration speech: “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”
I would like to see it kept that way.
There is a line from a film I would like to share with those in support of LGBTI rights:
“Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us. And within that inch, we are free… Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch. But one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile, and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.”