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Zimbabwe update: Stigma, HIV and its new president

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Photo courtesy of Southern Times)
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (Photo courtesy of Southern Times)

Will Zimbabwe ever repeal its anti-LGBT law? It’s less improbable than previously, when longtime President Robert Mugabe railed against gays, comparing them to animals.

His successor at least admits that such a change is possible

In an interview, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said it is up to people who want decriminalization to campaign for it.

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) released new figures suggesting that HIV infections are high among both women who have sex with women and men who have sex with men. GALZ warned that criminalization of gay people contributes to HIV by reinforcing stigma and preventing the community from accessing health care.

This article includes information from a recent UNAIDS Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBT news.

 

 

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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