Target: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Goal: Condemn violent threats and continued hate speech against LGBT people and supporters
Zimbabwean’s President Robert Mugabe has unfortunately been very vocal about his bigoted and hateful views on homosexuality and LGBT individuals. He campaigned on laws that would make the country “hell for gays” and has previously denounced tolerance for gay people as “unnatural” and “filth.” In recent comments, he took his vitriolic hate speech a step further by threatening to behead LGBT citizens.
“If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads. This thing [homosexuality] seeks to destroy our lineage by saying John and John should wed, Maria and Maria should wed,” he said, and concluded, “We will never do that.” In the same speech, he criticized LGBT people as being “worse than pigs, goats and birds.” These hateful and violent comments are absolutely unacceptable, and should not be tolerated from the president of any country in this day and age.
President Mugabe has a long record of making similar homophobic and anti-LGBT comments in the past; according to a Zimbabwean radio station, he issued seven anti-gay statements in July 2013 alone. As his comments become more demonizing and violent, it becomes ever more important to put and end to this hate speech. Please sign the petition below to condemn Zimbabwean President Mugabe for his recent violent threats, and his history of hateful comments against LGBT people and supporters.
Dear President Mugabe,
You have become notorious for your repeated and increasingly violent comments aimed against LGBT individuals and supporters of equality in Zimbabwe and throughout the world. However, your recent threat to behead gay citizens is entirely unacceptable, regardless of your personal views on homosexuality. Your role as president entrusts you with a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens of Zimbabwe. Your hateful remarks are the antithesis of what it takes to provide LGBT citizens with that important sense of personal safety.
Even if your administration does not personally take up arms against LGBT people, your hate speech undoubtedly incites such violence and suggests government approval of it. Because of this, any blood spilled as a result of anti-gay hate crimes in Zimbabwe will permanently stain your hands and damage your reputation as a leader. In order to avoid this, it is absolutely necessary that you apologize for your intolerant statements, and refrain from engaging in similar hate speech in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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