New York activists may want to mark their calendar.
A mouthful of a group called Committee of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender African Immigrants Residing in the U.S. will hold a vigil on August 14 for Sizakele Sigasa (pictured) and Salome Masooa, the two lesbians recently murdered in South Africa.
The rally isn’t simply about the women’s deaths, says the Committee:
This barbaric act was meant to paralyze our community with fear so as to eradicate the wonderful work that is being done to empower us. We condemn this brutal act. Our community is being robbed of brave and courageous women who dedicate their lives to improving the well being of the society…
We demand justice for Sizakele Sigasa, Salome Masooa, Simangele Nhlapho, Madoe Mafubedu and all others who have been persecuted because they were fighting for self-determination and liberation of all African peoples.
South Africa’s been plagued by a disgusting trend of anti-lesbian murders. And, sadly, the government hasn’t pooled its resources to curb the killings.
For more information on the vigil, visit the group’s MySpace page.