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Mugabe on homosexuality


At 24, Amina has already been chased from his family home, forced to marry - twice - and fathered three children who ask him tough questions about sex and sexuality.

He has been vilified in the national press - snapped at a gay party - and rejected as a disgrace by his parents. He also chairs Male Mugabe on homosexuality Workers in Zimbabwe, a lobby group with members that helps economically disadvantaged gay men.

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Amina has no such need as he boasts a huge customer base and says he does not need to visit nightclubs or roam the streets for Mugabe on homosexuality his clients simply phone him when they want sex. When photographs of Amina at a gay party appeared in the local press a year later, his father could take it no more.

Amina was thrown out of the family home in disgrace - a fate typical for many gays and lesbians in conservative Zimbabwe.

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The group launched 27 years ago with some 70 members. Now it has about 7, according to its director, Chesterfield Samba.

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Laws criminalising homosexuality in Zimbabwe carry penalties of up to three years in jail, and police often arrest gays, then set them free without bringing charges. Amina said his parents have backed off now he has had children, although they still ask when he will next wed.

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Fearing victimization, they hide their sexuality, though he says it is harder to keep it secret from his young children, who watch cartoon gays and lesbians depicted on television. For now, discrimination is the norm for men like Amina, in a nation where gays are compared unfavourably Mugabe on homosexuality farm animals. Editing by Lyndsay Griffiths. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.

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