by Lynne Carrol
I’m sitting here and looking at my exam timetable, stressing on my study schedule.
So I can’t imagine in this hectic time being expelled at school just because my mother is a lesbian.
A young boy from Mpumalanga is facing expulsion from Secunda Highveld Christian School because his parents are a married lesbian couple. They have been told to split or the child will be expelled, this story made headlines in South Africa and abroad last week. The principal together with a pastor present called the two mothers to the school and told them their sexuality is “problematic”. Now I fail to understand why people use religion to discriminate. Doesn’t the Bible says “Thou shall not judge”.
The South African Constitution protects us in this country.
It states every child has a right to education.
People shouldn’t be discriminated based on their sexual orientation. Same sex marriages are legal, have been since 2006 in South Africa.
Even if the parents do split up, it will just add on to the long list of single parents and it will not stop the two women from being lesbian. This boy has dealt with the worst kind of child abuse; facing the possibility of losing one of his mums.
His right to education is being threatened. I mean, I get that they are homophobic but depriving an innocent child of his “future”.
What does his mother being a lesbian have to do with his abilities to learn?
To be a productive member of society.
My mother is a lesbian and is openly lesbian if I may say so. I grew up around the gay community and I have never experienced that sort of discrimination anywhere not even at school. I’ve never been expelled and I don’t think it would be fair for me to be expelled because of my mother’s sexual orientation.
I also wonder what support is the lesbian couple getting from other black lesbian mothers who might or not going through the same dilemma.
Am worried that many children have suffered silently at schools in South Africa, either because they are young homosexuals who do not have the power to express themselves in front of homophobic educators, or fearing of being bullied by other schoolmates who might be heterosexuals.
With this reflection I’d like to call upon all children born by same sex partners either married or not to join forces with me and end homophobia directed at lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth.
* We don’t want to suffer due to one’s sexuality or gender expression. I don’t want to see any person like me be denied education because of his or her mother or father’s sexuality or gender expression.
* Let us do away with any phobias: Racism; Homophobia; Lesbophobia; Xenophobia in South Africa; Africa and beyond borders.
Read more on the article published by Sowetan newspaper on 2nd May 2013, titled
Lesbian couple’s son faces expulsion
Legally married Samantha, 27, and Kally Mabe, 26, told The Star newspaper that they were called to a meeting with the principal of Secunda Highveld Christian School and were told their homosexuality was problematic…
Lynn is a 17 year old person who doesn’t like to be gendered and very conscious minded and have some understanding about basic LGBT politics in South Africa.
Currently doing Grade 11 at a high school in Heidelberg.
by Charmain Carrol