Rape is a frequent occurrence in South Africa. An article on the AWID
women's rights website states 150 women are thought to be raped every
day in South Africa. “Corrective rape” is also common in South
Africa. Five hundred lesbians are estimated to be raped each year.
Some men appear to believe that lesbians can be turned straight by
being raped. Trying to comprehend how anybody can picture rape as
“corrective” or therapeutic could herniate one's mind. Forced
sex is in no way medically healing or corrective. Violence and abuse
do not improve people. Straight women find rape and sexual abuse so
deeply traumatic that they have a reduced desire for sex. Trust is an
important element in sexual relationships. Rape can make it difficult
for women to trust men. When men rape lesbians, they will not make
lesbians want to have sex with men. In fact, they will probably make
lesbians even less likely to want to have sex with men.
orientation and sexual experience are very different. Heterosexual
experiences do not make a person straight. Homosexual sexual
experiences do not make a person gay. Many gay men and lesbians had
straight sexual relationships before they had a same-sex
relationship. If having one or two straight sexual relationships
could makes a gay person straight, there would be very few gay men
and lesbians in the world. Even a pleasant straight sexual
relationship cannot make a gay person straight. Rape is never a
pleasant sexual experience.
Arizona, nineteen people, including Representative Gabrielle
Giffords, were shot. Six victims of the shooting died from their
wounds. Because the motives of the shooter remain unknown, care
needs to be taken when making conclusions. The shootings might be a
wakeup call for politicians and political commentators to stick to
the issues, to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and to avoid the
use of military terms when discussing how to defeat politicians.
Kato, a Ugandan gay rights activist, was murdered in January. When
the Ugandan newspaper Rolling
the names and photographs of people suspected of being gay, David
able to get the courts to issue a ban on publishing the names and
photos of homosexuals. From news reports, we gather David received
threats, after his name and photograph appeared in the newspaper. In
January 2011, he was murdered. According to a news report, he was hit
in the head with a hammer.
Levels of homophobia and hatred appear are so high in Uganda that
homosexuals might be treated with disrespect at their funerals. At
David Kato's funeral, an article in Vancouver
Sun indicates the pastor condemned homosexuality. When people in
the village would not bury the remains, David Kato's friends carried
the remains to the cemetery and buried him. A You Tube video titled
“Burial of Gay
Activist David Kato in Uganda” shows film that appears to have
been taken at David Kato's funeral. Unfortunately, not all of the
video is in English and the subtitles do not translate major portions
of the video. What can be seen in the video is a period of
confrontation that is not appropriate at a funeral.
Two other You Tube videos about David Kato's murder, including “A
Tribute to David Kato” and “Ugandan
Gay Rights Activist 'David Kato'
Bludgeoned to Death!” (CNN News video).
article on the PinkNews
system states David Kato was an advocacy officer at Sexual Minorities
Uganda. David was described as patient, persistent, intense and
stubborn. The world will miss David Kato's tremendous courage and
inner strength, in the face of overwhelming hatred.