People who identify as LGBTQ in Swaziland face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to section 252 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland, same-sex sexual activity committed by men is illegal, with a penalty of up to death. Female homosexuality, on the other hand, is legal in Swaziland, however same-sex couples are not allowed to marry and are prohibited from adopting Swazi children.
Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treat for 79 days to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. To find out more and to support Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, click here.