With Obama's inauguration over, it's back to basic struggles on LGBT issues...and those include the growing groundswell of violence against us, not only in the U.S. but other countries as well. Bilerico readers will remember my posting last year about the brutal gang rape, torture and murder of South African lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane. South Africa has our rights enshrined in its new constitution, yet the country has yet to stamp out the vile biases against us in some areas of both black and white populations.
According to Black Looks, an African blog news site, the trial of her murderers is finally coming up next month.
The story states:
The Delmas Circuit Court in Mpumalanga will hear the trial into the murder of lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane from 11 to 13 February 2009. Simelane, a 31 year old, was allegedly robbed, and gang raped and tortured before being murdered on 28 April last year in her home township, Kwa-Thema, east of Johannesburg. The alleged motivation for her killing was that she was a lesbian who fought back like men.
As it has been reported previously, the murder of Simelane follows many similar ones across South Africa. These crimes, motivated by the hatred of particularly lesbians and transgender people, was covered by the media but unfortunately without drawing national attention from the ruling ANC and other parties in the country, safe of the local branches in Kwa-Thema. South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world and has suffered over the last few years more and more hate crimes resulting in the assault and/or killing of people because of their HIV status, sexual orientation, or because they are black non-South Africans.
The rest of the Black Looks story goes on to report in depth on this kind of crime in South Africa. It's well worth reading