Never really noticing each other, Until one thread made me look.
TOP Zanu PF officials have met with representatives of the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with signs President Emmerson Mnangagwa was keen on mending bridges with old enemies to bolster his election bid.
They were: "I met my partner Annie on Pink Sofa in August 2013.
Since then we have moved in together, started our own business and gotten engaged. We are so very grateful to the Pink Sofa for bringing us together and can't believe our luck in finding the perfect partner.
Mnangagwa is keen to woo support in his election bid next month as well as attract assistance from the rich West that has never hidden its desires to see conservative but economically dependent Africa accept gay rights among fundamental citizen freedoms.
"We highlighted how we in the LGBTI community were affected by the climate of intolerance that perpetuated previous elections, the use of hate speech that impacted on our community...
Finally, 13 years ago, I realized that if anyone was going to build the place I dreamed of, it would have to be me. When I started working on Pink Sofa, I consulted with lesbians all over the world to find out what they valued in a community.
Since then I've been working to build a place for lesbians to meet, talk, learn about each other, and (with any luck! In their responses, I found 10 words that kept coming up again and again.
and also the use of state machinery to clamp down on LGBTI activities in our communities." The meeting could signal a surprise departure from the ruling party's tough stance towards gays when the country was still under former President Robert Mugabe who once described gays as worse than pigs and dogs.
Under Mugabe, gays and lesbians endured some harassment by State security coupled with continued ridicule.