Statement to mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – IDAHOT 17 May 2018
Today we celebrate IDAHOT 2018 under the theme “Alliances for Solidarity.”
As the LBT community in Zimbabwe this day marks a point where we are not only navigating and working in a patriarchal Zimbabwean society but also seeking to build alliances and solidarity in the same environment. Engaging in a solidarity movement means transcending particularities and identities, and focusing on transformative solidarity that connect struggles. Alliances among the diverse groups indicate an understanding of inequality experienced by all precarious groups caused by the hegemonic order
It is important for us to call to firstly seek out all important allies that have stood buy us throughout the years of organizing. Feminist friends, Women Human Rights Defenders, fellow sisters and friends. We greatly appreciate the support and solidarity you have given. Together our role is to defend solidarity, not by denying every departure from it, not by ignoring the many failures to deliver on it, but by exposing and reversing these missteps, by working to repair our solidarity whenever it breaks down, reinforcing it wherever it falters, and embodying it materially when it threatens to degenerate into a mere moral idea
But beyond showing solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities, there is need to also analyze what roles our allies and alliances play in combating homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia? IDAHOT is just not a day to celebrate but it’s a space to reflect, review, re-engage, re-organize, respond re-learn and re-energies our movement.
As Pakasipiti we call upon all women in Zimbabwe to join us in commemorating this day. We have to put the rebuilding of solidarity on our shared agenda, across all our struggles, and to recognize it as a matter of both the greatest difficulty and the highest importance.