Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe drew some laughter from the United Nations General Assembly on Monday when he declared “We are not gays!” during a speech denouncing LGBT rights.
The 91-year-old official, no stranger to spouting anti-LGBT rhetoric in the media, rejected the notion that LGBT rights — or 'new rights,' as he calls them — are human rights that must be protected.
“We reject the politicization of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimize those who dare think and act independently of the self-anointed prefects of our time,” said Mugabe. “We equally reject attempts to prescribe “new rights” that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs.”
It is at this point Mugabe apparently goes off-book for his declaration:
The longtime Zimbabwean leader presumably meant “we” as in “we Africans,” as he’s previously claimed to media that homosexuality is “un-African” and does not exist in his country.
Check out an extended version of Mugabe's speech below:
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