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LGBTQI activist: I am proudly gay

On June 25, a group of LGBTQI activists hit the streets to draw attention to crimes committed against them out of hatred. Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo, the Health MEC, and MPL Ricardo Mackenzie were present at the event, which took place in Tafelsig, Cape Town. According to Mackenzie, there have been assaults on LGBTQI people in the Cape Flats. "The theme of this march is respect and tolerance for every member of our community. It is unacceptable that lesbians have been attacked, especially in the Cape Flats, Mackenzie said.

Mbombo denounced anyone who would perpetrate a hate crime against the LGBTQI community. People's rights, she insisted, must be honored. Ismael de Jong, an activist, said he would never change who he is despite how difficult it was to be gay in Tafelsig. Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo, a member of provincial legislation (MPL), and Ricardo Mackenzie were present at the event, which took place in Tafelsig, Cape Town. Attacks on LGBTQI people have occurred in the Cape Flats, according to Mackenzie, and they need to stop.

LGBTQI activists take to the streets to express their anger against hate crimes levelled against them.         Photo by Lulekwa Mbadamane

"The theme of this march is respect and tolerance for every member of our community. Lesbians have been attacked, especially in the Cape Flats, and this is unacceptable. This march is intended to draw attention to the suffering of and attacks on our LGBTQI community. To help them, we are here, Mackenzie added. Mbombo denounced anyone who would perpetrate a hate crime against the LGBTQI community.

"Love is at the center of everything; don't fight others because they love someone who is similar to you. You can't tell someone how to love someone else, Mbombo stated. Every person was born from the womb, according to the MEC, and treating people as though they sprang from somewhere else is unacceptable. All of us were created from a mother and a father, therefore hating her for being lesbian also means hating the person who gave birth to her, according to Mbombo.

Joanie Fredricks, a Tafelsig-based advocate for the LGBTQI community, said: "I'm deeply touched, motivated, and inspired since for many years I have flown my own flag as an openly gay woman. It is difficult to be gay in Tafelsig, according to activist Ismael de Jong, but he will never change who he is. "I can't change who I am; this is who I am. I'm gay with pride," he declared. People's rights must be respected, according to Mbombo. People's rights must be protected because God's love made us all the unique individuals we are.

Source:

https://www.dailysun.co.za/dailysun/news/lgbtqi-this-is-who-i-am-and-im-proudly-gay-20220627

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