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Election 2016: Expert decries poor representation of gay community

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexual (LGBTI) community is not well represented in the up and coming Local Government Elections, says an expert.

Head of Access Chapter 2, Steve Letsike says there are very little openly LGBTI people within political parties.

“The representation is extremely low, which make it harder for political parties to integrate LGBTI issues within the broader political and social economic issues.”

Letsike says as the country heads towards the elections we do not see political parties raising violence faced by LGBTI people.

“A lot of hate crime happens in our country, a lot of discrimination [towards LGBTI people] and very little is being said by politicians around challenges faced by LGBTI people.”

Letsike believes for the voices of the LGBTI community to be heard, they need to empower themselves around the role and responsibility they have in this country.

She says the society at large also has a responsibility to respect the rights of the LGBTI community.

Letsike adds political parties also have a responsibility to understand issues faced by the community.

“We should stop this ignorant mould, after 22 years in the democracy… it’s unacceptable that people do not know their rights and don’t respect the rights of others.”

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