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Voices of Eswatini

Same-sex conduct is illegal in nearly 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa. The Kingdom of Eswatini, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is one of them.

The anti-gay law is a remnant of colonial rule that was incorporated into Eswatini's law when the country gained independence.

All Out and Eswatini Sexual and Gender Minorities (ESGM) have asked LGBT+ people in Eswatini what it’s like to live in
a country where their love is illegal.

These are the Voices of Eswatini. Their stories are a powerful reminder that no one should be criminalized
for who they are or who they love.

As the LGBT+ community in Eswatini starts the long and difficult journey to get rid of the laws that make them criminals,
listen to their voices, and help make them heard around the world by sharing their stories with your friends.

Or click here to read the stories in our ebook

Mdu: "It's important to educate parents and community leaders on LGBT+ issues."

Phumelele: "I'm a transgender man but I'm forced to dress up like a woman at work."

S’thembile: "They told them I can't be a lesbian. Why should I be wasting assets, my body was going to waste."

My love is not a crime! Ask the authorities in Eswatini to decriminalize same-sex relationships now.

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Thando: "I miss my parents every day and a part of me still dreams of the day we can be a family again."

Tebu: "I like working with kids, but the parents don't like me anymore. They think I might spread my spirits into the kids."

Thobile Shiba: "In rural areas people like me are branded as demons."

Click to see the translation from SiSwati

Asanda: "In front of my mother, the priest asked. And I said, “Yes, I am a lesbian.”

Lobs: "People are now coming out to say: “I exist, and I am here.”

Simunye: "I told the police my story, but they just laughed it off saying they'll look into it. To this day nothing has happened."

PK: "We just survive because we live here and there is nowhere to go – it's our home."

Fakudze: "My mom is still trying to get used to the idea, but I don’t think she’s going to get there anytime soon."

Mpolweni: “The nurse asked me, “Where is your girlfriend?”. I answered, “I don’t a have a girlfriend, I have a boyfriend, I’m gay.”

Rainbow: "My mother promised to kill me, she promised to chase me away."

Sindi: "It's not easy to find a job because they expect you to change your dress code and that's not who you are."

Dups: "If we cannot respect ourselves, how can we expect the government or the Kingdom of Eswatini to give us our rights."

Reno: "They tell you the constitution says nobody should be discriminated against, but then they decide that sexual orientation is an exception."

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