International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The “politics” of sexual identities in Zimbabwe: A Social Work perspective?
Vincent Mabvurira, Petronila Dadirai Motsi, Tawanda Masuka, Etiya Edith Chigondo

Any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality is treated with scorn in most African societies. This paper focus on homosexuality as a sexual minority problem in Zimbabwe. Homosexuals live secluded lives due to prejudice and discrimination. The paper also argues that despite disapproval that homosexuality in un-African, it is as African as the baobab tree and as Zimbabwean as the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. It traces the incidence of same sex relations in pre-colonial and post colonial Zimbabwe. It also argues that based on their professional values, social workers in Zimbabwe should promote social justice through assisting the gay community.

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