Ana Matronic, the female singer for the Scissor Sisters, has recorded a video condemning the murder of South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza.
Matronic (real name Ana Lynch) made the video, in which she talks about her inspiration and her father being gay, last year as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign.
The body of the 24-year-old Nogwaza was found on 24 April 2011 in an alley in the KwaThema township outside of Johannesburg.
She had been raped and her head and face were crushed beyond recognition.
According to witnesses, she had also been stabbed with glass. An empty beer bottle and a used condom were found near her genitals. A large pavement brick, that is believed to have been used to crush her head, was found by her side.
To-date, there has been little progress in Nogwaza’s case and no suspects have been arrested or identified.
“It is my dream of dreams to have everyone in the world be unafraid to be who they truly are and are able to express themselves,” says an emotional Matronic in the video.
“I believe we should accept people for who they are. One woman, Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian gay rights activist, was raped, beaten and stabbed to death for believing the same thing.”
Matronic, who describes herself as “a drag queen stuffed in a woman’s body,” married her long-time boyfriend Seth Kirby in 2010. She and her four male band-mates – at least three of them gay – make up the pop-dance band Scissor Sisters.
Watch Matronic’s video below.