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Posted by: Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert | 2007/07/19

Lesbian murders: an update

18 July 2007 PRESS RELEASE: A CALL TO ACTION ON LESBIAN MURDERS The Joint Working Group* hosted a meeting, on the 18th July at Constitution Hill Women’s Gaol, attended by a range of organization and individuals with the purpose of coordinating various initiatives in response to the recent murders of Salome Masooa and Sizakele Sigasa - two black lesbian activists who were killed in Soweto two weeks ago. The meeting expressed its outrage and shock at what we believe to be a hate crime against lesbian women. This is part of a broader trend of victimization against women, people living with HIV/AIDS, lesbian and gay people and other marginalized individuals. The meeting developed a plan of immediate action to ensure that the murders are responded to with the priority they deserve. To this end, organisations committed themselves to mobilizing persons, constituencies and resources. The meeting called upon the Minister of Justice, the Police Commissioner, the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police Services to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book, through a rigorous and speedy investigation and prosecution process. Furthermore, organizations called upon political, community, faith-based and other leaders to break the silence and take an active and visible stance against this horrendous crime, and against all forms of prejudice-motivated crimes in South Africa. [*The Joint Working Group [JWG] is a national network of LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex] organisations and partners. Our vision is to strengthen the organised LGBTI sector and to maximise our response to LGBTI people’s needs through partnerships, collective use of resources, and by drawing on the strengths of participating organisations in contributing towards social justice and the reconstruction and development of South African society.]

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Good point Nikki - I think the world is still trying to come to terms with the interface between heterosexism and gay identities; most people haven't even started processing transgender issues.

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Posted by: Nikki | 2007/07/19

eXpert,

THanks for this information ...

What is of particular notice to me is ....

"This is part of a broader trend of victimization against women, people living with HIV/AIDS, lesbian and gay people and other marginalized individuals."

Sadly reference to "other marginalized individuals" doesnt gut it for me as a Transgender, who is all to easily left unmentioned but carelessly "included".

Nikki

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