Ethiopia Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Wants Rights [Egypt - bikyamasr]

Mohammad Awad

ADDIS ABABA: Halle and Salma are typical university students in Ethiopia. They love to hang out with friends, watch the Olympics and be happy. But they are separated from the rest of society as a result of their being lesbians.
“Life is hard for us,” began 22-year-old Salma, a Muslim, “because our parents have thrown us out of our homes and we face violence and attacks because we love each other.”
The pair, sitting at Salma’s brother’s house in the Ethiopian capital, hand in hand, watches the athletics competition in London, where Ethiopia female runners have shown their world-class status.
“It is great for Ethiopia to show we are proud of our runners,” Halle, a Christian 21-year-old, told Bikyamasr.com. “It is just unfortunate that we face discrimination because we are not straight.”
The pair has been together for three years, since meeting in university, but their struggle has seen few supporters, which makes Mohammed, Salma’s brother, the only outlet for their safety.
“Mohammed has been amazing,” began Halle, “without him we would not have been able to be safe and be with each other.”
For Mohammed, he believes that much of the antagonism toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Ethiopia and Africa is a result of “the fact that so many people just are scared because they have never met a gay person. Once you do that and realize they are not much different from us all, it isn’t a big deal.”
He doesn’t tell his parents, especially his father, that he houses the couple, fearing that if he did, his father would take action.
“I think he would probably kill me or them, so I don’t say a word and they never ask about Salma,” he admitted.
Halle and Salma are hopeful that perceptions of the gay community are changing in the country, but it is slow and they face an uphill battle against the government and the media.
“All we want are our rights as citizens. To love who we want. We are not dangerous and we don’t destroy society as the reports say,” Salma argued.
Their worries over their safety were again heightened in June, when a local Ethiopian daily newspaper reported that the United States and Europe are looking to spread and promote homosexuality in the East African country.
The Yenga daily wrote, in a June 18 article, that “gayness” was growing dramatically in the country and the “infestation of those carriers” are now at least 16,000 people.
The “report” went on to argue that gay persons have an average of 75 partners annually and that this “promiscuous” nature sees some gay people have as many as 7 partners in one day.
The article described how such “practices” are being “imported” to Ethiopia through students who receive scholarships to study in the United States and Europe.
“I don’t know about the report and where they get their crazy statistics,” said Mohammed, “but as I have met more and more gay and lesbian people, I realize they have strong relationships than us straight people right now. They aren’t going crazy. They deserve their rights.”

bikyamasr.com

Views: 3172

Tags: (LGBT), Bisexual, Community, Ethiopian, Gay, Lesbians, Rights, Transgender, Wants, and

Comment

You need to be a member of Sodere Ethiopian News and Entertainment to add comments!

Join Sodere Ethiopian News and Entertainment

SodereTube Ethiopian News

Ethiopia lawyer sentenced for taking 25 thousand birr to bribe judge

Ethiopia lawyer sentenced for taking 25 thousand birr to bribe judge

Ethiopia - Police burnt Hookah Accessories collected from 31 illegal chat and hookah houses

Ethiopia - Police burnt Hookah Accessories collected from 31 illegal chat and hookah houses

Mother and sons killed father and burried him in toilet

Mother and sons killed father and burried him in toilet

Tagel Seifu amazing criticism of EPRDF's strategies towards Ethiopia's art, book publishing and auth

Tagel Seifu amazing criticism of EPRDF's strategies towards Ethiopia's art, book publishing and auth

Funny nick names of Ethiopian artists, actors, actresses

Funny nick names of Ethiopian artists, actors, actresses

SodereTube Comedy

Betoch Comedy Part 86

Betoch Comedy Part 86

Very Funny and Comedic Drama about Ethiopian Expectant Dad From Sheger Radio May 03, 2014

Very Funny and Comedic Drama about Ethiopian Expectant Dad From Sheger Radio May 03, 2014

Laugh Clinic: Can U Stop Laughing Try To Not To Laugh Part 7

Laugh Clinic: Can U Stop Laughing Try To Not To Laugh Part 7

Betoch Part 85

Betoch Part 85

Funny entertaining Ethiopian comedians competition on Genna

Funny entertaining Ethiopian comedians competition on Genna

Ethiopian Movies

Ethiopian movie - Melak [Full]

Ethiopian movie - Melak [Full]

Ethiopian Movie - JOKER

Ethiopian Movie - JOKER

Ethiopian Movie Hareg [Full]

Ethiopian Movie Hareg [Full]

Ethiopian Movie - Kehiywet Jerba

Ethiopian Movie - Kehiywet Jerba

Yaltadelut Full Movie

Yaltadelut Full Movie

Ethiopian Drama

Dana Drama Part 74

Dana Drama Part 74

Mogachoch Part 15

 

<script data-config="http://config.playwire.com/17933/videos/v2/3253045/zeus.json" data-height="480" data-width="640" src="//cdn.playwire.com/bolt/js/zeus/embed.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Dana Drama Part 73

Dana Drama Part 73

Dana Drama Part 72

Dana Drama Part 72

Mogachoch Drama Part 14

Mogachoch Drama Part 14

Events

EthiopianTube Music

Mesekerem Alemayehu - Balageru Idol 4th round

Mesekerem Alemayehu - Balageru Idol 4th round

Amazing little girls are back - Golden state dance group on Balageru Idol

Amazing little girls are back - Golden state dance group on Balageru Idol

Habesha Dance Group - Balageru Idol

Habesha Dance Group - Balageru Idol

Tsehaye Yohannes Ethiopia New Music 2015

Tsehaye Yohannes Ethiopia New Music 2015

Super hot sexy Ethiopian girl dances on Nhatty Man Yenageral Melke

Super hot sexy Ethiopian girl dances on Nhatty Man Yenageral Melke

Ethiopian Videos

Incredible Story Telling - Letter to my cloth "Debeloye" by Fikadu Teklemariam

Incredible Story Telling - Letter to my cloth "Debeloye" by Fikadu Teklemariam

Marriage that was about to end saved - Women who left her family and went to arab country

Marriage that was about to end saved - Women who left her family and went to arab country

My sweet Memory when I Was A Kid - 'Kiss Buddy' "Yekenfer Wedaj"

My sweet Memory when I Was A Kid - 'Kiss Buddy' "Yekenfer Wedaj"

Things Wives Do That Drive Husbands Away

Things Wives Do That Drive Husbands Away

Jossy in Z House Show - Ethiopian Christmas Special 2015 / 2007 E.C

Jossy in Z House Show - Ethiopian Christmas Special 2015 / 2007 E.C

Ethiopian news and video portal. Sign in create profile, share videos, upload picture, invite your friends and have fun.

SodereTube Sport

Dire Dawa to construct 60 thousand seat stadium

Dire Dawa to construct 60 thousand seat stadium

Arsenal's Ghedion Zelalem commented on his first Champions League game

Arsenal's Ghedion Zelalem commented on his first Champions League game

Very Funny Comedy - Goalkeeper's face destroyed after he saves five goals with his face

Very Funny Comedy - Goalkeeper's face destroyed after he saves five goals with his face

Ethiopia vs Malawi Live Commentary

Ethiopia vs Malawi Live Commentary

Supporters of Indian Team Atlético de Kolkata show their love for Ethiopian player Fikru Tefera

Supporters of Indian Team Atlético de Kolkata show their love for Ethiopian player Fikru Tefera

© 2015   Created by Sodere.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service