LGBT Pride Events Continue in Lesotho

This photo, taken by Meri Hyoky and featured in “Celebrating LGBT Pride in a homophobic nation,” (Stewart, 2016) shows people happily marching in the 4th annual LGBT Pride event in Lesotho. They hope to continue to create awareness and advance rights for the LGBT community.

In May, Lesotho held it’s fourth annual pride event and public march in Maseru, Lesotho. While this movement is small, and Lesotho remains majority conservative with policies that do not support LGBT rights, it’s still a very important event. Hundreds of people who previously felt like they couldn’t express themselves, now have an outlet and a community to share their views and feelings with others.

While many LGBT still struggle against messages of hate, stigma, ostracism, and even violence, there are so many positive and uplifting tones in this article. Some of the personal stories showcased in this article mention that family members not only came around to their loved one’s coming out, but also came through for them in offering support. I think what I find most uplifting about this article is the bravery of these (mostly) youth to come forward, and express themselves proudly. These individuals are bravely carving out a space for people to come-out and live openly.

Like any grassroots movement, they often start small and grow to progress views, and have the potential to impact policy. Previously, intimacy with a person of the same-sex was a punishable crime, but in 2012, those policies changed (http://kaleidoscopetrust.com/usr/library/documents/main/commonwealth-toolkit-for-progress-on-lgbt-rights.pdf). Movements like this march, could continue to impact policy. They create awareness, and hopefully bring about acceptance, which could lead to less discrimination against the LGBT community.

Members of the LGBT community celebrate their voices at the pride  event held in May. These photos were also featured in the article reviewed. 

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Article citation:

Stewart, Colin. May 31st, 2016. Lesotho: Celebrating LGBT pride in a homophobic nation. http://76crimes.com. Retrieved from: https://76crimes.com/2016/05/31/lesotho-celebrating-lgbt-pride-in-a-homophobic-nation/

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