South Africa’s Parliament has officially endorsed International Coming Out Day.
On Tuesday, MP Zakhele Mbhele (DA), introduced the motion. It notes that the goal of Coming Out Day is to, “create an environment where living openly and honestly as LGBTQ people is possible.”
It acknowledged the struggle of being LGBT, “one of the most powerful tools of activism because, at its most benign, prejudice and discrimination seek to shame and demean LGBTQ people into silence and invisibility.”
Lastly, it pledges solidarity, “the aims of Coming Out Day and vulnerable LGBTQ people around the world, as an affirmation of section 9 of the Constitution.” Section 9 protects the rights of LGBT South Africans.
Congrats to South Africa on continuing to move forward in LGBT rights and visibility.