Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights

A report from the “This Just In” news blog of the GLBT News Network.

McHenry Venaani (Photo courtesy of AfricaTime.com)
McHenry Venaani (Photo courtesy of AfricaTime.com)

Namibia: Political leader stands up for gay rights

The leader of one of Namibia’s political parties has spoken out for gay rights and gone head-to-head with his opponents who claim homosexuality is un-African.

McHenry Venaani, the leader of Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), told Gay Star News claims homosexuality is un-African are “manufactured lies.”

“For many years gays have been part of the society all along. It is scientifically proven all races and cultures have gays,” Venaani said.  (Source: Gay Star News)

In Namibia, sodomy is a crime under Roman-Dutch common law, which was imposed when the area was controlled by South Africa. The country has not enacted a specific law against homosexual activity. (Source: ILGA’s “State-Sponsored Homophobia 2013.”)

The news brief on Namibia is reprinted with permission from the GLBT News Network.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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