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FREEDOM TO LOVE

OUT OF FEAR OF HER LIFE UNDER MUGABE’S REGIME IN ZIMBABWE, MOUD GOBA FLED TO THE UK. SHE NOW HELPS OTHERS IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS AS WELL AS WORKING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

MOUD GOBA

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group asylum seeker support worker and community activist

There is no life for LGBT people in Zimbabwe. The very thought of same-sex marriages or unions is unfathomable, and any notion of legal rights inconceivable. Women are pressured into marriages and men beaten or arrested if caught with other men. Moud Goba fled this deeply oppressive situation to start a new life where she dreamed to one day love another woman without fear. After a difficult experience seeking asylum she started a new life in the UK, providing support to others who suffer under similar life-threatening situations and even contributed to her new community by helping set-up UK Black Pride.

Could you imagine if it felt illegal, right here in the UK, to do something as simple as hold hands, hug or kiss someone of the same sex? Imagine if falling in love with somebody of the same sex could put your life on the line, placing you at risk of being shunned by your friends and family, beaten up or arrested. For Moud this was everyday life in Zimbabwe, a country in which its highly controversial President, Robert Mugabe, describes homosexuality as degrading human dignity, likening it to behaviour that is ‘worse than dogs and pigs’.

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This very special edition of Attitude is our biggest ever. It marks our first annual Pride Awards, which were created to champion the unsung heroes of the LGBT community; all of our 11 recipients grace the cover, and their extraordinary stories are told inside. They will all be honoured at an event in London, hosted by Alan Cumming, on 26 June. This issue also marks Attitude’s 21st birthday, and inside we feature 21 ordinary 21 year olds from the LGBT community who speak about what matters to them as they come of age in Britain in 2015. The issue also includes interviews with Roisin Murphy, Little Mix, Mary Lambert, Aston Merrygold, Kavana, Collabro, actor Layton Williams, and director Bill Condon; as well as features on the rebranding of Switchboard, and a look back at Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance 30 years on. All this, plus our regular fashion spreads, columnists, real life features, travel and fitness.
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