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23 Dec 2011- Zimbabwe- An MDC member has gone public about his sexual orientation, boasting that he was born gay.

Telent Bhekimpilo Nyathi, a former MDC Bulawayo provincial organising secretary declared on Facebook that he was gay and would die defending Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights.

He wrote on his Facebook wall that: “I will die fighting for the LGBT rights up to the bitter end my God and ancestors will guide me.”

Nyathi went on to call for his friends who don’t condone gays to un-friend him on the social network.

“Please good friends if you know that you hate gay people, just block me because I am one of them. Gay rights are human rights. Haters go and hang.

“As the gay community in Bulawayo, we condemn what the police did at our offices by disturbing our peaceful human rights defenders workshop. We will not give up; we shall continue fighting this war till we win. Gays and lesbians have human rights.”

Nyathi could not immediately comment saying he was on holiday in Harare. He said some of his gay colleagues.

MDC has remained mum on gay rights although MDC-T leader has come out open supporting gay rights as human rights. President Robert Mugabe has a passionate hatred for same-sex relations and has described gays and lesbians as worse than pigs and dogs.