In Mozambique, the IDAHOT 2014 was marked by a television debate about discrimination, a university discussion around LGBT rights and legislation, and the publication of an official LGBT-affirmative statement in a Mozambican national newspaper (Jornal Savana). All organised by Lambda, other kinds of online communications were also released.
For the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Mozambique, Lambda – Mozambique’s first and only formal organisation dedicated to defending the rights of sexual and gender minorities (since 2006) – organised various education and information activities, with the goal of changing negative perceptions about homosexuality and the LGBT community.
As detailed by AMSHeR, ahead of the Day, these activities were:
- A television debate about the negative aspects of discrimination based on sexual orientation. A psychologist (Lenia Mapelane), sociologist (Santos Simione) and LGBT person (Jam Pedro) will attend the TV show, talk about the subject and discuss the implications of discrimination. This program is scheduled to go on air on the 16th on STV, a Mozambican national TV channel (on a show called “A tarde é sua”) at 4pm.
- A debate on an university, wherewith Lambda expects to create the opportunity for an academic discussion about how the LGBT rights are not recognized and respected in Mozambique and raise awareness about the negative impact of the lack of clear legislation that defends the LGBT citizens. This debate is scheduled for May 19, at 4pm, at CREISPU – Universidade Politécnica, Maputo. The invited speakers are dr. Dário de Sousa and dr. Egídio Canuma, with the participation of dr. Antonio Ndapassoa as the debate moderator. The debate is open to everyone that is interested.
- Publish an official declaration on a Mozambican national newspaper (Jornal Savana), about the celebration of the date on Friday, the 16th.
Lambda released a newsletter around the Day with ‘an official declaration against homophobia’, and which documents some of the actions around the Day, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can read it here (in Portuguese).
On social media, Lambda also published this public note, via their facebook page, in recognition of the Day (in Portuguese).