When one day, I was in a taxi bus with my gay friends, a passenger talked about things that are offensive to Botswanan culture. He stated that ‘the youth of today’ are imitating the Western lifestyle. When the driver brought up the issue of homosexuality, the bus became a podium of indirect remarks aimed at us. Most of the passengers said that this ‘fashion’ needs to be detoxed and discouraged, and that the only way to stop men from behaving like women and vice versa is to speak strongly against it. I felt completely violated and helpless. We only needed transport, and suddenly we were amidst strangers criticising us with hurtful remarks. In our culture, we are expected to be silent when grown-ups speak. Had we dared to comment, they would have talked about ‘kids of nowadays who don’t even have manners, gay as they are’.
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