Gays hit the streets for their rights
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MORE than 100 gay and lesbian activists marched down Oxford Street in East London on Saturday protesting against assault and discrimination. The march was organised by the Eastern Cape Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex organisation (ECLGBTI). ECLGBTI provincial organiser Abongile Matyila said marchers drew up a memo highlighting attempts by hostile traditional leaders to scrap or alter legislation protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
“Given the homophobic statements made by the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), and the National House of Traditional Leaders’ attempts to have the Constitution changed so that LGBTI people are not protected from unfair discrimination, there was agreement that our march this year should not be a pride event, but rather a very clear protest,” said Matyila. The protestors, carrying placards, made their way from the Trinity Methodist Church to the City Hall where ECLGBTI chairwoman Tobeka Rave spoke, the memorandum was read and a moment of silence observed for victims of hate crimes.
“We are here for those who have been verbally abused, assaulted, raped or murdered because of their sexual orientation,” Matyila said. The memorandum was sent to MEC of Social Development Pemmy Majodina.
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