An association of LGBTi People in Zimbabwe
A universitas voluntary association founded in 1990 for purposes of serving the needs and interests of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe
ZIMPRIDEGeneral homophobia and restrictive legislation make it difficult for LGBTI people in Zimbabwe to feel safe about being open about their sexuality in public spaces and so the community is not yet ready to march onto the streets in numbers and celebrate Pride.
MAURICE APPEALFrom the start, one of the principal aims of GALZ was to establish a drop-in centre to house the growing video, book and magazine collection that the organisation was acquiring. It was generally feared though that the police might raid any GALZ premises and confiscate literature en masse.
COURSON COMPLAINTOn 11th January 1995, The Herald newspaper reported on an address by the then Minister of Home Affairs, Dumiso Dabengwa, to the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) in which he asked the council to endorse the government’s position on homosexuality.
BOOK FAIR SAGAGALZ rose to international prominence when it attempted to enter the 1995 Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF), which had as its theme that year, ‘Human Rights and Justice’, The fair was preceded by an indaba entitled ‘Freedom of Expression and of the Press’ and took place in the last week of July and the first week of August.
WCC 8TH ASSEMBLYThe 8th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held particular significance in that it took place in 1998, the 50th year after the formation of the ecumenical world body. The year 1998 was also the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
CONSTITUTIONAL SUBMISSIONSIt has always been GALZ’s dream that, like South Africa, a new constitution for Zimbabwe would include a clause specifically outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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GALZ Wins an Award! ARASA Human Rights HIV and TB Award
GALZ was awarded the, 2014 AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) Human Rights, HIV and TB Award at a ceremony hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa on 16 April 2014. “The ARASA Human Rights, HIV and TB Award was established in 2007 to recognise and support organisations across southern Africa undertaking ground-breaking work to protect human rights, often in extremely challenging political climates,”