Exit, Africa’s largest LGBTQIA+ newspaper, has selected 2016 HRAP Advocate Samuel Matsikure as one of its 2022 Queer Warriors. This honor is awarded to “iconic leaders across the African continent that are fearless in their convictions; and give their minds, bodies and souls to the greater LGBTQIA+community, all in the name of love.”
Samuel is the Programmes Manager at GALZ, an association providing healthcare, academic research, advocacy and human rights services for LGBTQIA+ men and women in Zimbabwe. He attended the 2016 Human Rights Advocates Program at ISHR.
Exit says: “As one of the leading organisations striving for the recognition of the queer community and equality in Zimbabwe, Matsikure’s activism has been particularly impactful in helping marginalized men and women in one of Africa’s harshest environments for queer individuals. His advocacy began years prior in research and academia that would greatly aid the Zimbabwean LGBTQIA+ community gain aid, and support as well as make advancements in their struggle against queer censorship, inequality and erasure.”
Read more about Samuel’s work here