Gay Immigrants Campaign For Acceptance

A Night was dedicated for cape town immegrants and LGBTI community to campaign

The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride.

Shamsa Ally Haji is an immigrant from Somalia. She is also lesbian. “It’s difficult for me to go to other Somali nationals to ask for help because they believe I should behave like a Somali woman and get married. They detest my dressing in jeans,” she said.

She was speaking at Colours of Cape Town, a night of solidarity between Cape Town’s LGBTI and immigrant community. It was hosted on Wednesday by PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty) at 6 Spin Street. The event was attended by various organisations, including Free Sexual Health One Stop, Inner Circle, Pride Shelter, Enhanced Care Foundation and Pride Yarona.

Victor Chikalogwe, who is the programme coordinator for PASSOP, said that he left Malawi when his parents disowned him because of his sexuality. Fortunately, he had enough savings, but seeing how LGBTI immigrants struggle, he went into activism. His parents have at last accepted him back.

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