Here in Eswatini, a landlocked country in Southern Africa formerly known as Swaziland, same-sex conduct is still illegal.
The anti-gay law is a remnant of colonial rule but it continues to harm to our community to this day.
That’s why All Out and my organization, Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM), have asked LGBT+ people in Eswatini to tell the world what it’s like to live in a country where their love is illegal.
Their stories are a powerful reminder that no one should be criminalized for who they are or who they love.
The times are changing here in Eswatini. The LGBT+ community is stepping out of the shadows, claiming our rights and our place in society.
We’ve started the long and difficult journey to get rid of the laws that make us criminals. Our stories are our weapon. They show how much harm the anti-gay law is doing to our siblings, to our children, and to our neighbors.
By sharing our stories with you, Andreas, and the world, we hope to raise awareness and to get the support that will help us create a bright future for LGBT+ people in our country.
Thanks for going All Out,
Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM)
P.S. Would you like to hear more firsthand from the participants in this project and learn about our fight for LGBT+ rights in Eswatini? Then join me on Wednesday, December 2 for a live chat on Zoom – register here!