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Gay activism is taking to Cape Town's streets with the LETS FACE IT campaign

Lets Face It Cape Town!

14 July 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA

LGBTI activism is currently taking on a slightly different aspect in South Africa's Cape Town.

The Let's Face It campaign is organised by activists from the Scalabrini Centre and is currently doing the rounds in the streets of Cape Town.

It asks South Africans to pose with a sign in the shape of the African continent that read, GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

The Scalabrini activists say that this conversation is one that is important to have especially in light of South Africa's ANC led government abstaining to vote in the UN Human Rights Council to appoint an independent watchdog on sexual orientation.

Neil Goodwin and Zoe Black, are the two people behind the campaign, and they hope to educate people on the street about LGBTI rights in South African.

The back of the sign asks: "Is being gay un-African?' Black says that a surprising amount of South Africans have answered 'yes.' On the other hand, she also said that a surprising amount of South Africans were willing to listen and learn about LGBTI rights in the country and on the African continent, and were also willing to take a photo.

The organisers are saving the 1000th picture for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

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