South African lesbian soccer player brutally murdered

  • metta

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    Nov 12, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    South African lesbian soccer player brutally murdered

    A 19 year-old lesbian soccer player was brutally murdered by gangsters, becoming the latest victim of anti-gay violence sweeping South African


    "Last month 6 lesbians were brutally attacked and beaten at a petrol in Cape Town.

    While in August this year a lesbian was raped and murdered in Kwa Zulu Natal.

    In July a lesbian mother was brutally raped and murdered at her home in Polo Park, Mokopane"

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/south-african-lesbian-soccer-player-brutally-murdered121112
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    Nov 12, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    For me this goes in tandem with that "how has RJ changed your interaction with the outside" thread. RJ really makes me forget that these things are happening out there, that there is so much hate, violence and murder against people for who they are and who they choose to love. And I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, because being lulled into a sense of complete safety and acceptance when the outside world still has many dangers for me can't really be all that good.
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    Nov 12, 2012 12:43 PM GMT
    It's a good thing the election went the way it did, otherwise we'd be seeing this stuff on our soil more often.

    RIP girls. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 12, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    Tolerance is a verry slow moving ball and we all have to be beacons of change in our daily interactions....

    The recent election caused me to get into many interactions via Facebook with cousins I haven't seen in over 30 years over their views of religion and homosexuality and opened up some (not all) of their eyes to the unintended hate their myopic beliefs have on people they know.

    R.I.P. ladies

    One of my new coworkers recently told me her brother was murdered over 30 years ago in the bay area and little to no investigation was ever done because he was a gay man and the police were not interested in pursuing justice.

    Never forget those who have fought before us and continue the evolution of tolerance in their honor....
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    Nov 12, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    The sad thing is South Africa has legal same-sex marriage. Not quite sure how a country with such absolute poverty and destitution, who still believes raping lesbians will cure them of homosexuality passed Same-sex marriage before the alleged greatest 1st world nation in human history.

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    Nov 12, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Fiyero27 saidThe sad thing is South Africa has legal same-sex marriage. Not quite sure how a country with such absolute poverty and destitution, who still believes raping lesbians will cure them of homosexuality passed Same-sex marriage before the alleged greatest 1st world nation in human history.

    unfortunely this is true. the locals are highly uneducated and still believe in spiritual beings that will protect them from anything. i blame the government for keeping them like that so they can be easily manipulated for the elections.
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Although this is sad, deplorable and vile, I just want to add that where there is poverty and lack of literacy these human right atrocities escalate and find breeding ground to perpetuate continued fear, misunderstanding and promotion of hatred - and this could happen in any country where poverty and illiteracy prevails. These gruesome acts of terror occur in informal settlements and rural environs.

    South Africa is like most emerging nations full of contrasts and contradictions. While there are many areas in SA where the gay lifestyle is lauded and visible, most people live in fear of retribution despite having the highest constitutionally enshrined rights in the world. Cultural beliefs and religions (Christian, Muslim and Traditional Ethnic) still dominate conventional stereotypes and victimization is still the norm in these rural areas and less developed settlements. Given South Africa's alarmingly high AIDS prevalence, homosexuality is singled out as a culprit amongst the uninformed majority and the GLBT community in isolated and remote areas have a greater ordeal dealing with these antiquated sets of conventions than those in urban environments where everything goes (apologies to Cole Porter)

    South Africa is a third and first world wrapped into one country. Everyday is a challenge and opportunity to bridge the gap and ensure greater harmony to foster a greater appreciation of diversity of race, creed and gender as well as gender orientation.
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    So sad and heinous