Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blog 3- Men attacked for beign gay in South Africa- Hannah Bay Snider

            In South Africa, where it is actually legal to have a same-sex relationship according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, a gay man and his boy friend were attacked in a suburb north west of Johannesburg.  Both the men were leaving a “themed” party at a gay friendly club when they were attacked.  Stephan Annandale informed Rosebank Killarney Gazettee, an association that delivers news to people’s doorstep; that he attended the party as Marilyn Monroe.  Annandale’s boyfriend wore an “afro wig”.  The men were confronted by a group of men while getting something to eat afterwards.  The group of men asked why Annandale was wearing a wig, when his boyfriend responded that “maybe he liked it.”  They men began calling them “gay” and “fags.”  The harassment continued and until it became physical, and the men began to throw punches. 
            This is not the first brutal attack in this area.  A young lesbian woman was found murdered and sexually mutilated in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg.   The victim was found with a toothbrush inserted into her vagina and they are waiting on results to determine whether or not she had been raped.  The twenty-six year old was killed in an apparent “homophobic attack.”   It has been recognized that the police of the surrounding area have been accused of ignoring such incidents.  Why is that?  Why is it that police somehow turn the other cheek as if they didn’t see these types of incidents?
            Africa is a very religious.  They take pride in their faith, spreading the word at all cost and degrees.  South Africa is the “only African country that recognizes gay rights and allows same-sex marriages.”  This means that all the surrounding areas ignore and ban the rights of gays.  Many go to the extreme of killing those who admit or being accused that they are gay or extreme imprisonment laws.  You do not have to have consent of the whole country to create a law, so I’m sure majority of South Africa was not for gay rights, leaving police and authority figures to ignore the injustice of their citizens.  What a sad day in Africa when innocent people are killed because of whom they love. 

Hannah Bay Snider
9:36 am

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