Friday, June 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

It is a tragedy that homophobic threats and abuse have forced this couple apart. They were deeply in love. The pressure has got to Steven. Very understandably, he wants a quiet, safe life. This would not be possible if he remained with Tiwonge. They would both be at risk of violent attack. . . . Tiwonge and Steven never set out to be political, but they have done more for gay and transgender rights in Malawi than anyone else. I salute them. They are lions of Africa. They have helped continue the unfinished African liberation struggle by seeking freedom for gay, bisexual and transgender Africans.

– Peter Tatchell
quoted in Godfrey Mapondera and David Smith’s article
Love Fails to Conquer All as Malawi Gay Couple Separate
The Guardian
June 8, 2010

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Prayer for International Day Against Homophobia
Update of Tiwonge and Steven
Malawi Gay Couple Released from Prison

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