Its understood that many parents find it difficult to engage in conversations to discuss sexuality with their teenagers , however its imperative to try if they want their children to develop healthy self-esteem , embrace their own differences and accept what is different in others.
Speaking to the publication , Mzwakhe Bolotina spoke proudly to say “I am Gay and I advocate for inclusion and a diverse society! My dream is to be a Member of Parliament” said Bolotina.
Aspired by the likes of Thami Kotlolo and Nomzamo Mbatha , a 17 year old founded Boitumelo Naligugulethu , a foundation which is believed to have dealt with every aspects of Orphans , Queer bodies and abused individuals.
Based in Soweto Mofolo as well as westrand Krugersdorp , this started as two and now they are one (Boitumelo food parcel Foundation) and (Naligugulethu key Foundation).
Sharing about his challenges in his community he said “My community have welcomed queer bodies as I am not the only queer..however we still have a lot of work to do in educating heterosexuals about homosexuality. “When I am at school, church or any public space there will always be that one person who would be homophobic, who will try and bring your confidence down but I choose to walk away from such” he expressed.
In his conclusion he said “My advice to parents who have a queer identifying child is to just be supportive and not be our first bully” he concluded.
It is time for those who have a platform to change the narratives and make it a point that there’s inclusion of all genders,sexual orientation and all races in government offices and public spaces.