Malawi gay men dating women
Lawyer Chrispin Sibande, who champions sexual and reproductive health rights, wants Sections 153 and 156 scraped off the Penal Code to reflect prevailing realities and uphold human rights trends.“Continued criminalisation further alienates gay people. It also fuels the spread of sexually transmitted infections,” he warns.“If the way I feel is sinful, I’d expect my loved ones to help me know that God can rescue me from homosexuality,” he says.He spoke of a Blantyre-based preacher who constantly prayed for him when rumours emerged that he is gay.
However, he was forced to flee his parents’ home when they discovered some pro-gay magazines and lubricants.
“They agreed to make peace if I got a girlfriend and stopped dating the man,” he recalls.
His cousin says he does not approve of the double-dating, but accepts Watipaso’s dilemma because it is almost unchangeable. When the fiancé is around, they go out in the name of partying or clubbing.
In the country, homosexuality attracts jail terms of up to 14 years.
In 2010, the late Judge Nyakwawa Usiwasiwa sentenced the first admitted gay couple—Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza—to the maximum jail sentence.