South Africa’s ruling party received a queer earful last week. The Joint Workers Group penned a letter demanding the African National Congress and its leaders take a more decisive – and effective – stand for gay rights.
In our collective and plural reflection, we concluded that in our daily lives, the promise of the Constitution is not a reality and that if this remains unchallenged, then that its aspirations will remain a pipe dream.
Therefore, we resolved to claim our rights as full and equal citizens of a democratic South Africa.
The queer coalition goes on to include a list of demands, including more gay inclusive HIV/AIDS policies, increased investigations of anti-gay hate crimes and provide party space for more homo-politicos.
The JWG’s letter comes before next week’s national ANC conference, when they pick their future leaders.