Another For the International File

This one from Malawi, where gay activists have been struggling mightily to achieve progress in basic human rights for gay people.

In a display of profound ignorance of his own privilege (or quite possibly simple malice), government official Kingsley Namakhwa* said that it was illegal to mount such campaigns anonymously, and that the activists should come out publicly.

He also mentioned that, of course, homosexuality remains quite thoroughly illegal in Malawi, and that any activists who do come out will be prosecuted fully, as is indeed happening to two very brave men (Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, long may their love - and lives - last) who initiated proceedings to marry.

Uh-huh. Gee, I wonder why the activists don't want to declare themselves publicly?
The Malawi authorities have told gay activists who put up posters and distribute leaflets on the streets anonymously to "come out in the open".

Government official Kingsley Namakhwa said it was against the law to mount such campaigns anonymously.

But he also pointed out that homosexuality was illegal, and anyone promoting it would be prosecuted.
As is usual for me on these international posts, I'd like to direct your attention to this page, which lists addresses for places you could write to protest this campaign against gay people. As ever, I recommend firm but polite.

* As I am unaware of Mr. Namakhwa's status as a cis- or trans- person, or his orientation or indeed ethnicity, I have omitted describing these traits.

Tip of the CaitieCap to MzR for the link.

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