‘As a lesbian from Zimbabwe, was I wrong to claim asylum?’ – Moud Goba Writes To Britain’s Home Secretary

Growing up as a lesbian in Zimbabwe was never going to be easy. For starters, homos£xuality was illegal, criminalised by the British in the 19th century. Things have only got worse since then.

I was born in the 1980s, when Robert Mugabe was in power, a man who described gay people as worse than pigs and dogs. His regime was so actively hostile towards us that he embellished the colonial laws to create a new crime of “s€xual deviancy”.

By the time I was a teenager and realised I was lesbian, there was nowhere I could seek advice, let alone help to come to terms with my s€xuality. And then I was the victim of corrective rap€.

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