This week read about Beverley Palesa Ditsie winning an award for her contribution to the LGBT community, and Honduran Congress members making it difficult to change the ban on gay marriage.

South African Activist Wins Safe Space Community Icon Award 

Beverley Palesa Ditsie, a South African activist, won the Safe Space Community Icon Award for 2020, the Kuchu Times reported. The award recognizes LGBT individuals who have made significant differences for the LGBT community.

Ditsie, also a filmmaker and speaker, was the first openly gay woman to advocate for LGBT rights at the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, the first time LGBT issues were acknowledged in an address to the UN, according to the Safe Space Alliance website.

“Sexuality is an integral, deeply ingrained part of every human being's life and should not be subject to debate or coercion,” Ditsie said in her 1995 address.

Ditsie also helped to coordinate Africa’s first Pride march and is a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Witwatersrand, according to the website.

In addition, The African Queer Youth Initiative won the Safe Space Outstanding Space Award and the Pan Africa ILGA won the Safe Space Community Organisation Award, the Kuchu Times reported.

Honduras’ Congress Makes Ban on Gay Marriage Difficult to Change

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Honduran Congress members voted to amend their constitution on Jan. 21, requiring a three-quarters super-majority to change an article stating Honduran marriages can only occur with a man and woman, Reuters reported.

The vote also covered an article giving a fetus the same legal status as a person, Reuters reported.

Without the amendment, a two-thirds majority out of 128 members is needed to make changes to the constitution, Reuters reported.

The change requires another vote in the unicameral legislature next year, Reuters reported.

Eighty-eight legislators voted for the change, with opposition from 28, Reuters reported. Seven abstained from voting.

LGBT Hondurans face violence from threats including gangs, national civil police and military police as well as family members and the public, the Human Rights Watch reported.


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