EFF stands up for gay rights
The Economic Freedom Fighters party has spoken out against homophobia, saying it opposes all forms of oppression. "Black people in this country are oppressed on many levels: they are landless, poor, unemployed and are constantly discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and identity. At the centre of this sexual violence is the plight of lesbian women who continue to be raped to 'correct' their sexuality," the EFF said yesterday.Victims of violence based on sexual identity received hostile treatment when they sought help from the police and healthcare workers, it said."Our society, organisations and institutions form part of the daily violence against victims of sexual abuse."Endorsing Saturday's third Johannesburg People's Pride event at Constitution Hill, the EFF said: "We are against patriarchy, sexism and homophobia."We recognise that black gender nonconforming people are further marginalised within the economy."The EFF's call for economic freedom in our lifetime must be understood to also mean economic freedom for those who are marginalised on the basis of their sexual identity."It said that economic freedom would never be complete "without the equal emancipation of all who are oppressed on the basis of sexual orientation and identity".