KOURAJ: Be True to Yourself

New Media Fellows 2013

By Sokari Ekine

July 25, 2013

Also published at BlackLooks

The evangelical churches responsible for driving homophobia in Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and the USA have begun a campaign of violence and hate in Haiti. On Friday, an all faith coalition of homophobic haters called The Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations held an anti-gay protest in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Homosexuality is not criminalized in Haiti and, although ostracized socially within Christian faith communities, LGBTI people are very much a part of the Voudou practicing community, who themselves are facing increased hostility from these same moral crusaders many who receive huge financial support from churches in the USA.

LGBT activists from Kouraj and Facsdis explained that whilst homophobia is rampant, it is not murderous and many activists are out to their families. Kouraj is working with lawyers from the Defenders of the Oppressed to draft anti-homophobia and anti-discrimination law and also to,push for an open dialogue on sexuality and fixed notions of gender.

With the rise of the religious haters, what progress has been made is likely to be compromised and the possibility of murderous acts increased as two men were beaten to death during Friday's protest.

Sokari Ekine is an IRP New Media Fellow in Haiti writing about health and development.

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