Neal Hovelmeier, who labored at St John’s Faculty within the capital, Harare, confronted large criticism and threats from mother and father after he revealed his sexual orientation to his college students at an meeting September 21.
Hovelmeier got here out after a neighborhood newspaper threatened to write down an article exposing his sexuality. He informed CNN the paper “felt that didn’t sit effectively with my place in a boys’ college in a conservative nation.”
After consulting with college authorities and his lawyer, Hovelmeier determined to deal with the problem of homophobia by utilizing himself for instance. A communique was additionally despatched house informing mother and father that the trainer had come out.
A mother and father’ assembly was held Monday to debate the problem, however movies circulating on social media present the assembly led to chaos. “When the report was launched to folks, some mother and father felt strongly about this and didn’t approve,” Hovelmeier stated.
Hovelmeier’s disclosure has sparked discussions about homosexuality within the nation. Some counseled his bravery for popping out whereas others are enraged by his resolution do it in entrance of scholars.
“I am curious the way it will all play out contemplating that homosexuality is in opposition to the legislation in Zimbabwe. I feel he’s courageous and has timed his announcement correctly simply because the 2nd Republic is starting. It permits us the chance to debate this societal concern overtly,” a Twitter person stated.
One other Twitter person wrote, “I’ve many questions. Why inform 13-18 12 months olds abruptly after years on the job that he’s homosexual? how come the mother and father weren’t informed earlier than the children? isnt being homosexual unlawful in #zimbabwe?”
CNN reached out to the varsity however has not obtained a response.
Similar-sex marriage is banned in Zimbabwe, and homosexual intercourse is criminalized.