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
McHenry Venaani (Photo courtesy of

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. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]


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  1. President Mugabe said homosexuality is a filthy filthy disease against the natural way humans are to live. God protect these nations to hold out against these unrighteous ways as God will destroy the earth if this disease becomes world wide as what happened to Sodom and Gommorah.

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