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Siphangilizwe "Panghi" Nyathi
(1967 - October 10, 1999) Zimbabwe

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Gay activist


In the booklet Sahwira: Being Gay and Lesbian in Zimbabwe (1995) Pangi describes his ten-years relationship with another black man, Herbert Mondhlani, and wrote that he was "lucky enough to have an understanding father" who told him, "it was normal in our society for men to sleep together, but only up to a certain age. It would be possible for some young men until they had served in the King's army. They then would be given wives by their elders".

Pangi became a well-respected chairman and counsellor for the group Gays and Lesbian of Zimbabwe (GALZ). However Pangi, still suffering the pressure af the homophobic Zimbabwan society, reportedly committed suicide at his home in Harare just hours after the annual Jacaranda Queen drag pageant.


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