A few months ago, Edgar Lungu, Zambian’s Home Affairs Minister made this memorable pronouncement:

‘Those advocating gay rights should go to hell, that is not an issue we will tolerate.  There will be no such discussion on gay rights. That issue is foreign to this country.’

In Zambia, like in Russia, the level of homophobia has been moving in the wrong direction. At least until now.

This week, an extraordinary thing happened; an event so unexpected LGBT activists all over Africa are calling it “a miracle.” At a reception hosted by UNAIDS in Lasaka, Zambia’s capitol, First Lady Christine Kaseba-Sata called for an end to discrimination against sexual minorities.