Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) Speak Out About Homophobia

Published: February 16, 2011

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) are speaking out about MP Pono Moatlhodi’s remarks that "if he had power, he would have those who practise homosexuality killed." Moatlhodi is the Deputy Speaker of the Botswana National Assembly. LEGABIBO spokesperson Caine Youngman believes that if Moatlhodi wants to be a leader, he needs to start acting like one. Behind the Mask reports:

    Annoyed by the comments, a member of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) Caine Youngman said, “Moatlhodi is a leader and he needs start acting like one. What makes him think he is more Motswana than me, what defines a Motswana? I went through a lot to let anyone treat me or insinuate that I am a second class citizen now.”

    He added, “Moatlhodi should remember that he is sitting in parliament because the people of Botswana, including gays and lesbians voted for him and that he gets paid because gays and lesbians of Botswana also pay their taxes.

    In an effort to bust the myths that gay people learnt the sexual orientation from the West and that they were often victims of molestation, Youngman clarified, “I never resided in the West nor have I ever attended any school to be taught how to be Gay.  I was never molested nor do I tolerate molesting so why am I being called a western dog, a pervert, wrong and evil.”

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