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Quote of the Day

Filed By Ed Team | January 31, 2007 6:23 AM | comments

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Tags: homophobic behavior, Namibia

"I used to think homosexuality was disgusting, and that gay people deserved any beatings they got. Things changed when I went to study; at university I got to speak with some homosexuals, and found them, to my horror, to be normal people.These people assured me they couldn't stop being homosexual any more than they could stop being black. I began to question myself further... I began to investigate African history, and found that, before the white missionaries came to indoctrinate us, many tribes not only accepted homosexuals but viewed them as especially spiritual people.I cannot yet say I'm cured of my homophobia, but I'm getting there. Other Namibians should follow my example and stop this discrimination. The Government and Police should come down strongly against any violence meted out to homosexuals... The media should give voices of gay people equal space to those of gay-bashers." -- Hugh Ellis Windhoek in The Namibian after his gay friend was beat up in January. Namibia is one of the most homophobic countries in Africa.

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