This week read about President Mokgweetsi Masisi promising to uphold LGBT rights in Botswana, and a Christian college accused of discriminating against LGBT students in Australia.
Botswana President To Decriminalize Homosexuality
After losing an appeal to reverse a court verdict decriminalizing homosexuality in the landlocked southern African country, Botswana's president promised to fully execute the ruling.
According to Africa News, President Mokgweetsi Masisi invited LGBT community representatives to assure them that he would uphold the court's verdict and preserve their rights. During his meeting with members of the Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana, he declared, “We ask and expect everyone to follow the rulings of our court.”
He informed them that his court appeal, which was denied in November 2021, was driven by political considerations rather than hostility toward them.
The verdict, which has been praised as "historic" throughout the world, was eagerly expected in Africa, where homosexuality is still banned in more than half of the continent's countries.
Christian College Demands Parents Sign Contract On Students’ Gender Identity
Citipointe Christian College. Photo via Facebook.
A teacher and mom at Brisbane’s Christian college is searching for another school for her child after the institution required parents to sign a contract declaring that pupils identify as their birth gender and that homosexuality is "sinful."
According to ABC, Citipointe Christian College on Brisbane's southside emailed families a contract, stating that parents must sign it or their kid will be removed from the school.
More than 26,000 individuals have signed an online petition asking that the college recall the enrollment contract, with organizers claiming that the institution is "using their religious beliefs to openly discriminate against queer and trans students.”
"As an educator whose priority it is to look after a child, and as a parent wanting to bring up a young [child] to be a functioning member of this society, I knew I was in trouble as to whether I could sign this document," said the anonymous parent and teacher at Citipointe.