Check out this amazing project telling the stories of so many unheard gay people and their tales of hope!
A heart-warming radio and digital project, “Unheard Voices”, launched in May, sharing real-life stories of people across Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or sex workers, and how they have become accepted for who they are over time by people in their lives.
These never-heard-before human stories show us how for every act of intolerance, there is an act of compassion. These are the stories of mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, healthcare workers, religious and traditional leaders.
An example of one of the many stories from Botswana includes a lesbian woman working at a healthcare centre:
“I told my workmates that I am a lesbian because I didn’t want them guessing or wondering about it. I was worried that I would be judged and shunned but they started inviting me to eat lunch together and to weekend outings. They asked me questions to further understand what the media says about homosexuality in Botswana, the constitution and what society is saying as well. We have further discussed what we as a health care centre can do to protect LGBTI people. Their interest was another way to make me feel welcome in their space.”
You can read more moving real-life stories on the website: http://unheardvoices.africa/stories-of-hope