By Nomathemba Zondo
The issue of sexuality is a very controversial issue in the African society which believes that any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality is an abnormal. Any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality is treated as a ‘scorn’ in most African societies.
In Zimbabwe homosexuality is treated as a sexual minority because homosexuals are secluded due prejudice and discrimination. A study by the Sexual Rights well known as the SRC revealed that homosexuals make up 20% and bisexuals 6% of the Zimbabwe population which also shows that they are the minority yet however it is important to bear in mind that 26% of these so called non- heterosexuals include people who openly revealed their sexuality meaning if everyone openly said their sexuality they could be more.
Anyway statistics aside, despite the point that some countries have legalised same sex relationships and marriages, this issue remains very sensitive in the society and as a result homosexuals continue to face a lot of stigma.
In our society, saying something positive about gays might stand a justification that you one them, as a result most helping professionals in developing countries have neglected the gay community for fear of losing credibility in society.
Homosexuals face a lot of seclusion from society people even make fun of them. The way they walk, dress or talk. Some are even victims of physical violence and rape because they are viewed as abnormal hence these offenders feel they the need to be violent so that they can transform them to become ‘normal’ like them’.
Unfortunately, our tabloid newspapers also contribute to the stigmatisation. These are the same papers who say their vision is to promote diversity but how do you do that by attacking one group?
At the end of the day I just wonder these people are, they have a different sexuality. So what? Does it really affect us? I don’t think so. We all different in our various way and the least we can do is to accept them for who they are and life goes on.