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Challenging the stigma of minority sexual practices

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Abstract: Research conducted by Human Rights Watch and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission indicates that in southern Africa, people have a more fluid understanding of sexuality, often preferring not to label themselves as ‘gay’ or ‘homosexual’, but rather perceiving the act of sex to be more important than the sex of the person with whom they are having intercourse. The need to understand sexuality, sexual relations and sexual orientation in a more flexible and less fixed way has challenged many conservative NGOs, especially HIV and AIDS service providers to reflect on their programmes and approaches. As long as stigma and discrimination exists against those engaging in minority sexual practices, the development community will be unable to adequately respond to the HIV and AIDS pandemic, violence against women and human rights abuses.
Authors: Maseko, S.
Country: Zimbabwe , South Africa
Category: General
End Page: 4
Serial number: 2
ISSN: [1871-7551]
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: HIV and AIDS , disease prevention and control , non-governmental organizations , human rights
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2009
Region: Southern Africa
Right: © 2009 KIT
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 1
Title: Challenging the stigma of minority sexual practices