As an out, gay, HIV+ minister, Paul constantly stands up against stigma and discrimination. His journey began at a young age, when he and his peers challenged the apartheid regime’s Group Areas Act to visit gay bars in Johannesburg.
He subsequently took part in South Africa’s first-ever official gay pride march, which brought gay men, lesbians and their many supporters into the streets to stand up for their rights and dignity.
Special thanks to the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa for providing this story.
Key points to consider in viewing Paul’s story
Gender discrimination takes many shapes and can also fuel homophobia. Paul’s story offers a chance to think about stigma and discrimination against those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Beliefs about what it means to be a “real man” or “real woman” often inform homophobia. As you watch Paul’s story, take time to be aware of your own sexual identity, your own gender identity, and your own attitudes towards those who are LGBT. Remember that discrimination and violence are never acceptable.