WE ARE ALL FREE
By: Zoleka Nkosi
It’s been 20 years into democracy and yet not everyone is actually enjoying their freedom. On the 19 August 2014, the Daily Sun published an article about Disebo Makau, a 24-year-old woman from Tshing in Ventersdrop, North West, who was brutally killed for being a lesbian.
The Durban University of Technology students held a week long awareness campaign about Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ). The vision of this awareness campaign was to show that being homosexual is not a crime and it’s not a life people choose to live. This proves true to the fact that nobody can choose to be sworn at or called names but it’s something that’s within.
LGBTIQ students also added that they do not want society to love them or praise them but they want to be respected and treated fairly as they do so to others.
The guest speaker Sbongiseni Khumalo, from the LGBTI, said that the vision for the organisation is to make sure that everyone is being treated equally by the society and making an awareness about gays and lesbians that they are also humans.
Khumalo also stated that culture is in line with respect so they do respect their cultures and he does not like the idea of being referred to as that “gay” person but must be referred to as Sbongiseni because it’s still his name. He added that there must be more awareness so that society can understand each other as a whole not just half of the society.
The South African Constitution allows everyone to be who they want to be and live their lives freely but most of the society doesn’t allow that and they still hold on to the olden way of a woman and a man but no homosexual. Lesbians and gays are also human with emotions and they’ll forever be in the society.
Nkuli Miya said that she knows very well that not everyone will love her or be on her side and she had made peace with that but the least the society can do is to respect her personal space or her sexuality and she respects everyone else.
“I know very well that the society will always be there so as those who will hate me well that’s fine so long as they do not interfere in my life and my decisions and I know very well that we can stay say brothers and sisters because I’m a girl and I’ll need a brother someday because the all need each other.
Miya also added that the society will forever judge whether you do good/bad or do things for yourself or for them