HIV-positive straight ally in Zimbabwe wins Kato Award


Martha Tholanah at a committee meeting. Martha Tholanah at a committee meeting.

Zimbabwean women’s and LGBTI rights activist Martha Tholanah is the winner of this year’s David Kato Vision & Voice Award, which honors people working for the human rights of sexual minorities worldwide, especially in homophobic societies.

Tholanah, a straight, HIV-positive activist “risks her life every day to support [LGBTI] people across the country. Her activism is a powerful example of a straight ally standing in solidarity with LGBTI people despite threats to her own safety and security,” said the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), which selects the winners of the Kato Award.

The award is named after David Kato, the human rights activist murdered in his home of Kampala, Uganda, in January 2011.

MSMGF stated:

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“As a trained family therapy counselor qualified in medical rehabilitation, Martha has established and headed health programs for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and…

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