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#Repeal162   “Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from any racial, religious, gender or ethnic discrimination”, Coretta Scott King (widow to the late Martin Luther King Jr., during The Annual Conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, 2000)   Obsolete and backward articles in some laws that still exist since way back need...

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“Coming from a third world country and discovering that you have a sexual orientation that requires you to love an individual of the same sex is very depressing,” says 23-year-old Rose. Rose describes herself as a queer feminist. She informs me that she is a lesbian but she uses the term queer because she finds it fancy. She loves the mysterious tone that the term...

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The gender debate as it's become known is something that is discussed on a daily basis on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. With the rise in the interest and openness surrounding gender and orientation discussions, these conversations can at times become somewhat heated. Largely this is can be due to a lack of education and understanding from the cisgender community. While of course,...

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  “Know your status”     On the 1st of December 2018, under this year’s theme, “know your status”, the World celebrates the 30th edition of the World AIDS Day. This day is purposed to create unity, support, and awareness, to sensitize and debunk myths and misconceptions that are related to HIV/AIDS. The two main objectives for 2018 will be, 1, to urge people to know their HIV infection...

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A few days after coming out and declaring her lesbian stand, Cynthia, 24, became a target for threats, constant ridicule and unwarranted jokes in her workplace and she sunk into near depression, as such, her productivity was compromised due to the continued taunting by some of her workmates. The nearest help that she could access was a counselor.  Her partner, who happens to be within...

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Many things happen when the government stays silent about what queer persons are undergoing in African countries and it continues to put the lives of LGBTI people at risk.   The LGBT community in Tanzania has actively experienced repeated waves of repression since 2016. There was a time the Tanzania government banned non-governmental organisations from distributing free lubricants to gay people as part of SRHR, a move...

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  I have been queer since I was little. Cliché as it sounds. I have always looked at girls as if I were a boy. So, from the beginning, I always knew I was not straight.   I identified as a lesbian for a while until I was around 14 when I had my first male crush. I couldn't understand myself because how could I like both genders. By...

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A few days after Paul Makonda, the Regional Governor of Tanzania’s largest City, Dar Es Salaam, announced that he seeks to identify and arrest gay citizens and their affiliates using a taskforce, human rights bodies and public outcry have made it very open that the crackdown is a gross violation of Human Rights besides contradicting the Country’s motto, “Freedom and Unity”, infringing on the rights...

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