The Zimbabwean people’s perception on homosexuality: A case of Bindura urban
Bebe, Bernardatte S.
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This study investigated the perception of the Zimbabwean people on homosexuality. Homosexuals have suffered from a range of stigma and discrimination especially from the Executive. The study utilised a case study research design with a sample of 98 participants drawn from varied respondents that included prison officers, police officers, pastors, university students and the general populace. Convience sampling and purposive sampling were used to select the respondents by the researcher. Data was collected using interviews and focus group discussions and results were analysed thematically. The results obtained shows that homosexuality issues are perceived as inhuman and they are attached with heavy stigma and discrimination. However, there are a substantial number of people who view the practice as modern and are actually willing to embrace the sexuality. The results obtained indicated that both men and women were willing to accept people of a different sexual orientation. Furthermore, the research findings were that homosexuality is rampant in Zimbabwe especially in rehabilitation centres and these need to be issued with condoms so as to curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The findings from the pastors indicated that they were hard on the issue of homosexuals whilst pastors from mainline churches indicated some measure of tolerance to homosexual practices. Generally the response highlighted that the ordinary people had mixed feelings towards homosexuality practices. It can be safely concluded from the findings that the generality of the people in Zimbabwe are as homophobic as the Executive. The researcher recommends that the church as a strong agent of socialisation which condition how congregations view and receive homosexuality should discard a judgemental attitude towards homosexuals.