The government has released a statement acknowledging International Day against Homophobia, which is aimed at educating people on the LGBTQI+ community, amongst other things.
The government took to Twitter on Tuesday, 18 May 2021, to commemorate International Day against Homophobia. In light of the ongoing hate crimes against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual/Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) community, the statement highlighted some of the issues they face. The statement was positioned as a call to action for hate crimes to be reported.
To provide context on the day, the statement read, “In 1990, on this day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) took a firm stand to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases, opening a gateway to equal rights and inclusion.” Additionally, “The South African Constitution, which celebrates its 25-year anniversary this year, provides for equal rights to all who live in South Africa.”
Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni was quoted as saying, “The National Strategic Plan On Gender-Based Violence and Femicide remains relevant as a multi-sectoral, coherent strategic policy and programming framework that coordinates a national response to the crisis of gender-based violence and femicide, which also affects the LGBQTI+ community.”
See the post below.
[Read] Government has called on citizens to play their part to ensure the safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) community https://t.co/dBjPUcMy7F #Equalaccess #LGBTQI pic.twitter.com/RCrCQokTsL
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