The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has issued a call for applications from gay Zimbabwean students who have been forced to drop out of their tertiary schooling through forms of discrimination or are unable to meet their own tuition fees.
According to a poster by GALZ, the Munhu Munhu Scholarship programme “is created to provide financial support to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (and Queer) individuals between 18 and 35 years of age who are pursuing a university degree in Democracy, Governance, Justice, Human Rights and Conflict Resolution studies”.
The scholarship covers; full tuition fees, stationery, accommodation expenses and mentorship.
Among the eligibility criteria set by the funders, prospective beneficiaries must “identify as LGBTI”.
Added GALZ, “Trans students that are facing challenges with school fees, those that have dropped out on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity and would like to be continue their studies are encouraged.”
Zimbabwe remains a largely conventional society that has not yet warmed up to gays rights.
GALZ was formed to represent the affairs of LGBTIs who find themselves ostracised or abused by the society.
While society remains largely unwelcoming to gay issues, the State has, in the past few years, interfered less with the operations of the NGO group.
However, the country’s lack of preparedness to put up with gay issues came on the spotlight recently when South African socialite and gay rights activist Somizi Mhlongo was blocked from visiting the country.