Zambia’s First Lady Steps Out To Oppose Sexual Orientation Discrimination

I’m glad someone like Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata is stepping out in this way so that more LGBT individuals in countries all across Africa will start accepting them.

Zambia’s first lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, called for an end to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation during a reception hosted by UNAIDS on Tuesday evening in the country’s capital, Lusaka.

This took human rights activists by surprise — this year has seen a rapid deterioration of LGBT rights in the country, with arrests of men on sodomy charges and the prosecution of activist Paul Kasonkomona for calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality during a television appearance. Recently there has also been a waving of outings of LGBT people by Zambian tabloids.

“Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Kaseba-Saba said. “Rather, we should address reproductive health issues around this issue.”

She also reportedly said those working on public health issues among men who have sex with men have the president’s support despite the increasingly homophobic climate in the country.

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