Trans Woman’s naked protest churns up ZambiaWrite comment (0 Comments)
In Zambia when you want to protest you do it naked, or so says Episcopal priest, Zambian native and Human Rights researcher, the Rev. Kapya Kaoma. This was part of his response after Zambian Social Media was set alight by the live Streamed protest by Kanyanta Kakana, who is known as Tanaka.
LGBTI rights activist Tanaka, staged the protest after escaping from Chainama Mental Health Hospital on Great East Road, Lusaka.
She had returned to Zambia after a stay in South Africa where she had begun taking female hormones and had breast implant surgery as part of her transition from her original male body. When she arrived at home with her changed body, her parents placed her in the hospital because they thought she had had a mental breakdown.
At the start of her broadcast, she stated, “They want to put me in jail.”
“Please tune in. There’s a naked girl on Great East Road and it’s me,” she said shortly after displaying both her male genitalia and her breasts.
‘Look at the human rights discrimination in this country. My own mother is doing this to me. You are my witnesses.’
It is understood Tanaka was apprehended and returned to the mental health facility where she had been detained, as she entered the vehicle she said, “They’re about to take me in. I’m still live. I’m still live.”
Botswana wants to make gay sex illegal againWrite comment (0 Comments)
The government of Botswana isn’t happy with its status as the latest African country to legalize same-sex intimacy and has announced it will appeal the recent High Court ruling that overturned Botswana’s anti-gay law. This could mean they will re-instate a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison.
The landmark court ruling on 11 June, which was praised by international organizations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of African countries that have legalized same-sex relationships.
But Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe said in a statement that the high court was mistaken in its conclusion in overturning the old law.
“I am of the view that the High Court erred in arriving at this conclusion and thus, I have decided to note an appeal with the Court of Appeal,” Keetshabe said, without giving further details of the grounds for the appeal.
In June, a panel of three judges ruled that sections of the penal code banning gay sex were unconstitutional as they violate privacy, liberty, and dignity. It also found the ban to be discriminatory and not to serve the public interest.
Latheem Gabriel releases Seed of UneaseWrite comment (0 Comments)
Latheem Gabriel is a natural born talent who’s star is on the rise. He was singing by age eight and composing songs by sixteen. He was trained to play the guitar and violin. His soulful voice and tone is reminiscent of Alanis Morissette meets Tracey Chapman.
Latheem’s musical inspirations include his world view, his family, social injustice, love and relationship dynamics. “My musical point of view stems from my personal life and love experiences, human rights activism and our shifting social and political landscape.”
Latheem Gabriel's talents have taken him far and wide, including performing for the Mayor of Stockholm and he’s shared the stage with headliners like, Nakhane Toure` from the Black Coffee hit “We dance again”, Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, Matthew Gold, Craig Lucas and Jimmy Nevis. His single “Human Being” was selected as the official Pretoria Pride anthem for 2017, reaching the number one spot.Read more ...
Off Broadway sensation CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY for South African tourWrite comment (0 Comments)
Following a hit international tour, Steven Fales’ off-Broadway sensation CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY comes to the National Arts Festival followed by a run at Alexander Bar in Cape Town.
Presented by NF2 Productions, the show will be performed on the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival from 2 to 4 July and at Alexander Bar from 10 to 20 July.
Told with humour, song and unflinching honesty, CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY is the inspiring true story of storyteller Steven Fales’ journey from being a devoted, sixth-generation Mormon and father of two to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. Riding an emotional roller coaster of extremes – from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan – Fales discovers what it means to finally come home, if only in your heart.
Written and performed by Steven Fales, CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY is directed by Jack Hofsiss. Press acclaim has included comments such as ‘Compelling confessional theatre’ (New York Times), ‘As moving as it is funny’ (New York Daily News), ‘A triumph’ (Newsday), ‘Epic’ (Washington Post), ‘Fierce’ (Boston Globe) and ‘Hilarious’ (Chicago Sun-Times).
The production, which was first performed in 2001, has since been seen across the USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and now South Africa. Steven Fales was nominated for the Overall Excellence Award for Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Oscar Wilde Award for Outstanding New Writing for the Theatre at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Boy George is the next queer star to get the biopic treatmentWrite comment (0 Comments)
Following on the smashing success of Bohemian Rhapsody and now Rocketman, Boy George is set to be the next to shine in the biopic spotlight.
MGM Studios has announced that a new film about the life of Boy George and the Culture Club heydays will be directed by Sacha Gervasi and produced by Kevin King Templeton and Paul Kemsley.
“There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,” MGM President Jonathan Glickman said of the film.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them to bring this remarkably honest and wildly entertaining tale to audiences around the world.”
It will not be the first time Boy George’s life is on screen, the BBC made the TV movie Worried About the Boy in 2010 which focussed on Boy George’s late teenage years, the rise of the new wave scene and Culture Club’s early success.
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