Irrespective of the demise of his two ‘beautiful butterflies’, singer Amstel Makwane won’t desist badgering everyone who cares to listen into accepting the fact that it’s time to embrace homosexuality in the country.
He is the only remaining member of Afro-pop group 3Sum, following the death of former members Jeff Moyo in 2010 and Koyo Bala in 2016.
Amstel Makwane Encourages Gay Community
Speaking at the Chevrolet Feather Awards dialogue held at Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation in Mahikeng on Saturday, he asserted that the gay community won’t beat a hasty retreat, as regards to homosexuality and lesbianism as ‘they are here to stay’.
“A lot of progress has been made since we started the fight against the discrimination of gays and lesbians. I’m happy because we took a stand and fought for our rights. We want people to know we are here to stay and we deserve equal treatment.
Amstel Makwane who is considered by many as a backseat driver further enjoined all and sundry to break loose and pour out their mind about homosexuality.
He urged the youth to come out and talk about issues regarding homosexuality and break the silence of their life. The remaining member of openly gay singing trio 3Sum further urged members of the gay community to continue teaching society about homosexuality.
Also, former SABC1 presenter Lumko Johnson noted that gay people are still isolated and rejected from the church, where they expect to feel at home.
He however consoled himself with these words, “The struggle for our rights continues”. Johnson also thanked the likes of 3Sum and Somizi Mhlongo, who took a firm stand on discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Speaking also, a pastor at the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, Reggy Maleme, shared his experience in the hands of discriminators.
“I have been been insulted for being gay. People say I’m a sinner but I told them not to be quick to judge. We are all made in the image of the Lord and we are equal before Him.”
The Chevrolet Feather Awards dialogue is an annual award ceremony which celebrates all those who support, inspire and empower members of the gay community.