Botswana: Gaborone City Council rallies behind LGBTI community

Members of the Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) were yesterday in a jubilant mood after the Gaborone City Council (GCC) passed a motion calling on government to decriminalise same sex activities in order to support HIV/ AIDS programmes and policies.

The motion, which was tabled by councillor Sergeant Kgosietsile of Marulamantsi ward, wants government to extend HIV/AIDS services, information and materials specifically to gay groups, who have previously been discriminated against or stigmatised.

In support of the motion, Difetlhamolelo (Block 9) councillor Sesupo Jacobs said that one of their pillars as Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) stating that ‘no one is left out’ speaks of a system in which all citizens are entitled to protection under the Constitution and are brought to the social and economic mainstream of the society by accessing appropriate services that are beneficial and well managed. 

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