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Zimbabwe's homobigot: same-sex handholding now a crime

The 82-year-old “elected” brutal dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has a fixation on gay male affection of any kind, as he is expanding sodomy/”sexual deviance” laws to criminalize any “act involving contact between two males that would be regarded by a reasonable person as an indecent act”.

Falling into this category are hugging and hand-holding — anyone can call those acts out as indecent and men could be arrested. (

Mugabe has a long history of homophobia. He regularly refers to gays and people he suspects to be gay as “less than pigs and dogs“.

Earlier this year the 82 year old went on a tirade calling homosexuality “a white disease”. “Leave whites to do that,” he declared.

Mugabe told the cheering throng that same-sex marriage is a threat to mankind and condemned churches that bless gay unions. He said his government would jail and clergy who performed a blessing ceremony for gay couples in Zimbabwe.

Lesbians, of course, aren’t the real target in this hostile-to-women country since “women are not thought of as possessing a sexuality.”

Women in general suffer in Zimbabwe. Only now is there a domestic violence bill under consideration (there is currently no such offense). Look at the laundry list of what’s still considered “private family matters” —

The Bill seeks to widen the scope of domestic violence to include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, entry into complainant’s place without consent where the parties do not share the same residence.

It also includes depriving or hindering the complainant access to his or her place of residence, depriving the complainant of a reasonable share of the use of facilities associated with his or her place of residence.

In the Bill, also considered as domestic violence is the abuse derived from any cultural or customary rites or practices that discriminate or degrade women such as forced virginity testing, female genital mutilation, pledging of women and girls for purposes of appeasing spirits, abduction, child marriages, forced marriages, forced wife inheritance and other such practices.

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