Last week we featured a Real Life story of a homosexual young man, Obuseng Booster who told a heart-breaking tale of how he was beaten and bruised for his sexual orientation.
Following the publication The Voice took to the streets of Francistown to find out whether as a country we are homophobic or not, and although a random sample there seemed to be a general lack of tolerance amongst Batswana on the thorny subject.
“ Homosexuality should not be tolerated in Botswana, because it goes against our culture.
Before we can think of making it legal for a man to marry another man let us legalise prostitution first.
Prostitutes have long asked for acceptance of their trade and it hasn’t happened so how can we possibly legalise homosexuality?
Street vendor SikhatheleMapika(38)
As she spoke Sikhathele vigorously shook her head to emphasise her total rejection of homosexuality.
“This is why we have hunger and the climate has changed for the worst with no rains falling. God is punishing us for such practices.
Soon we will be like Sodom and Gomorrah if we keep on tolerating such abominable behaviour.
I fail to understand why people of the same sex would want to be a couple because for every gay man there is a heterosexual woman out there who would be denied a partner because a man has decided to waste himself on another man.”
“ Same sex relationships are okay because the people involved would be following their hearts.
I see nothing wrong at all with gays and lesbians. I am cool with them.
It’s time we had a law legalizing homosexuality to protect the rights of same sex couples.”
“Homosexuality is evil. It is something that even God does not accept.
I believe one of the many reasons a man and a woman come together and become intimately involved should be to have children.
I know gays argue that they should be allowed to adopt but adopting should be done when a couple of opposite sex aren’t able to have their own.
The love that gays say they have for each other is just for entertainment.
Never should we allow homosexuality to be legalised.”
“I am against it. We have never experienced anything like it before in our culture.
I dislike it and wouldn’t do it. But if my child told me they were a lesbian or whatever, I would accept it and let them be what they want to be since each one of us have their own free will.”
17-year-old schoolboy Thabo
“ It’s not our culture and it is not acceptable at all.
However I believe there are fewer cases of abuse among gay and lesbians compared with heterosexuals.
This is perhaps because there is more equality in such a relationship since they are of the same sex.
Otherwise the whole topic about gays and lesbians is beyond the comprehension of my mind.”
Botho College student Brian Dambe
“ It’s immoral, against all norm and belief.
According to the Bible it is sin! We don’t want to have a gay society or to become such a society either now or in the near future.
Homosexuality should be terminated now, and if it were up tom me there should be a law to kill or hang all gays.
If one of our siblings said they were gay, we would beat them up first and then try and get help for them as fast as possible.”