Mpho is a lesbian youth who lives in KwaThema. While Mpho was at school, she took issue with the fact that girls were required to wear skirts. She requested that she and her fellow female classmates be allowed the freedom to choose between skirts and pants.
“I’m just a girl who is attracted to another girl that’s it. I mean lesbians and gays they are also human beings,” Mpho told Health-e News. She says there is a misconception that wearing pants to school means lesbian girls simply want to act like men. Girls at the school are now permitted to wear pants.
Mpho attends weekly support group meetings at a local KwaThema park with fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth. The group has adopted the name ‘Abanqobi,’ which means ‘Victors’.
“I used to have this anger and like I used to be so stressed and depressed but then after joining the Abanqobi group I started to get relieved you know. I started to smile. I could talk to people, I could share. The group gives me courage,” explained Mpho. At the meetings, the youth are able to share personal stories and are taught about their Constitutional rights.
Mpho is a keen dancer and she credits dance classes with boosting her self-confidence and enabling her to be more open about being lesbian. “Dancing really helped me to be strong and have the courage to tell people who I am in terms of my sexuality. It helped me to come out, you know. So dancing really helped me even to be proud of who I am,” said Mpho.
This video was originally broadcast on Morning Live on 4 July 2015