More LGBT people are expressing their love openly, however they are also being targeted

More LGBT people are expressing their love openly, however they are also being targeted

By Anamika Singh
Monday 20/11/2017
The Haus of Khameleon

Same‑sex relationships are not on the rise, however, the Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is now more openly expressing their love and affection publicly as opposed to 10 years ago.

These are the words of Sulique Waqa who is the Creative Director at the Haus of Khameleon, a movement led by young transgender women who lobby, campaign, research, train and advocate for transgender equality in Fiji and the Pacific.

Waqa says the visibility of people who are in same-sex relationships is more recognised now.

Waqa says the 2013 constitution now protects LGBT people under the Bill of Rights which bans discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

However the Haus of Khameleon Creative Director says despite constitutional protection for LGBT people, the reality is that they still face high levels of violence, stigma, discrimination and even murder.

Waqa says a lot of LGBT people are aware of their rights and freedom and are not afraid to express themselves in public.

Waqa says a lot of young LGBT people are also coming out openly now at a younger age and the Fijian society to some degree is more accepting of people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression compared to 10 years ago. 

The Haus of Khameleon says straight men have always had sexual relations with gay men as well as transgender women since the beginning of time.

Waqa says it is because of the stigma and discrimination that is attached to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender lifestyle and identity that makes straight men who love LGBT people hide their sexuality and suppress their feelings.

The Haus of Khameleon says a lot of straight men are also not afraid to experiment with gay sex and may enter into a casual or time‑to‑time bromance that does not necessarily identify themselves as gay. 


Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
New COVID variant Omicron emerges in different parts of the world
WHO labels new COVID strain named omicron a variant of concern
4 days ago

Fiji continues to be affected by COVID-19
Contact tracing continues for most parts of Suva and Nausori. Mon 19th Apr Tue 20th Apr Wed 21st Apr Thu 22nd Apr Sat 24th Apr Sun ...
8 days ago

Govt tables motion that Parliament approve the increased Govt guarantee to Fiji Airways borrowings
Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says with the recent issue of new shares, the Fijian Government is the majority shareholder of Fiji Airways holding now 74.56 percent of the entire issued share capital.
39 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
Residents in Naivikinikini disappointed as they have Walesi set-top boxes but no UHF antenna
Following the switching off of analogue television transmission in many parts of the country, some residents of Naivikinikini in Lami who do not have ...
2 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Jerry Tuwai is getting married to Mereani Tupou today
World Rugby 7s Player of the Decade, Seremaia Tuwai Vunisa commonly know to fans around the globe as Jerry Tuwai is marrying the love of his life ...
1 hour ago

Woman and her 2 children missing in Lautoka
Dipika Devi Prem and her two children, Tanish Pratap and Jacklyn Pratap who live in Field 4 in Lautoka have been reported missing to ...
2 hours ago

If we take away the 20 cents per litre duty imposed on fuel, it immediately puts a $56 million hole in revenue collection – AG
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says if they take away the 20 cents per litre duty imposed on fuel, it immediately puts a $56 million hole in ...
15 hours ago

Hotels and Guest Houses Amendment Bill passed which will see the extension of the license period from one year to not more than 5 years
The Hotels and Guest Houses Amendment Bill 2021 which seeks to extend the period of hotel license from one year to not more than 5 years has been ...
15 hours ago

The FijiFirst Government is on life support assisted by other nations and foreign loans - Waqanika
SODELPA MP Tanya Waqanika says our nation’s economic status is in the red and the FijiFirst Government is on life support assisted by other nations ...
15 hours ago

TOP