Victory for gay rights in TunisiaWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Tunis Court of Appeals on 20 May upheld a lower court decision that allowed the LGBT rights group Shams to keep its official recognition as a legitimate organization and to continue its work.
In February, the State Litigation Officer appealed this decision, declaring that “the activities of this association are contrary to the principles of Muslim society and that Islam prohibits these practices, which are also prohibited by Article 230 of the Penal Code.”
Article 230 prohibits sodomy and exposes the person who practices it to a sentence ranging from 3 months to 3 years in prison.
Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights sent a letter to the Tunisian government, expressing concern over the attempted closure of the Shams association, saying that this undermines the universal values of the people. human rights and is contrary to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by Tunisia on 18 March 1969.
This morning, the appeal court dismissed the appeal by the government, which certainly had other things to do than try to close a human rights organization, and upheld the decision of the lower court of Tunis.
Shams will therefore continue its activities legally and will continue to defend the rights of homosexuals and the LGBTQ community in Tunisia, which the government, while claiming to be progressive, still hesitates to defend. (From the African Human Rights Media Network)
MISS DRAG SOUTH-AFRICA 2019: MEET THE FINALISTSWrite comment (0 Comments)
The purpose and significance of this prestigious annual pageant, is to “celebrate diversity”. Pageant Director, Enigma Von Hamburg says “the brand acts as an inclusive pageant for Drag Queens, gender queer and trans bodies. This platform is much more than just a beauty contest, it highlights the aim of ‘Drag with a Purpose’ to inspire ordinary people that carry out extraordinary things to advocate the advancement of LGBTQIA+ rights, drag culture, serve as agents for change and uplift their communities by serving as positive role models”.
The annual Miss DRAG South Africa GLAM CAMP took place the first weekend in May 2019, where the finalists were revealed to the public, followed by their talent showcase as part of their adjudication.
The 10 finalists are, (from left to right): Miss Emogen Moore, Miss Zoe Cox, Miss Anastasia K Boney, Miss Laylah Zukofa Khan, Miss Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, Miss Vuyokazi Mbutho, Miss Cuttie Seoka, Miss Kem Blank, Miss Demi Rene and Miss Chante Herries.
Miss Drag South-Africa takes place at the Pretoria State Theatre, Gauteng on Friday 04 October 2019. Tickets will be available on WebTickets from 01 June 2019 @ R180.00 per person. More details will be revealed about the after party, on invite only, closer to the time.
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Malcolm X – Gay or bisexual black hero?Write comment (0 Comments)
The hidden gay past of US black nationalist leader
By Peter Tatchell
Was Malcolm X gay or bisexual? Some black activists are enraged by such a suggestion. But since there is nothing wrong with being gay or bi, why the fuss?Malcolm X’s sexuality is not the most important thing about him. It is just one minor fragment of a man who was an extraordinarily powerful and effective voice for African-American communities. But what makes his sexual orientation significant are the attempts to hide and deny it.
Controversy has been stirring since the publication of Bruce Perry’s acclaimed biography, Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America (Station Hill, New York, 1991). Based on over 400 interviews with Malcolm’s closest boyhood and adult friends, Perry suggests that the US black nationalist leader was not as robustly heterosexual as his Nation of Islam (NoI) colleagues have always insisted.
Malcolm X, real name Malcolm Little, joined the militant Muslim NoI in 1949, attracted by its teaching that Allah would deliver black people from white bondage. By the 1960s, Malcolm had developed NoI ideology in new directions, becoming America’s leading spokesperson for black consciousness, pride and self-help. LGBT rights were not, however, part of his political agenda.
Perry’s book documents Malcolm X’s diverse same-sex experiences during the early decades of his life. A schoolmate, Bob Bebee, remembers the day they stumbled on a local teenager jerking off. Malcolm, Bebee recalled, ordered the youth to masturbate him and he subsequently boasted that the boy had given him oral sex.
A different kind of love - The unconventional love stories on NetflixWrite comment (0 Comments)
Love comes in many forms - be it friendship, heterosexual, bi-sexual, homosexual or love for your family. In 2019, whatever love you find yourself experiencing, Netflix has something that’s sure to give you all the feels. Below is a list of our favourite romantic films and series, tailored for each unique love story.
ALEX STRANGELOVE tells the story of Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and a bright future ahead of him – and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity, kicking off a hilarious and moving exploration of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times. Written and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, Wilson), produced by Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jared Ian Goldman.
kykNET's 'Boer Soek 'n Vrou' reality show welcomes first gay farmerWrite comment (0 Comments)
kykNET's popular dating reality show Boer Soek 'n Vrou is back for its twelfth season with the announcement of the ten farmers who are looking for love.
This year’s farmers, who are between 26 and 51, were introduced during a special episode on kykNET (channel 144 on DStv) on Sunday evening.
Nine of the ten male farmers are looking for a female companion and the remaining one hopes to find the ideal male partner.
For the first time ever an openly gay male will take part in the Afrikaans reality show. In a truly historic moment Damian, a 37-year-old cattle and sheep farmer from Bapsfontein, is bravely breaking new ground in a TV show that has a largely conservative Afrikaans following.
Like previous seasons viewers will follow the love journey of the five farmers who receive the most letters, which will be aired over 13 episodes from October. Afrikaans singing sensation and actress Leah has also returned for a second stint as presenter.
Five farmers are from the Western Cape, two from the Northern Cape, two from the Eastern Cape and one from Gauteng.
Now it is time for those who are in search of a soulmate or spouse, whether they live in the middle of a city or in the countryside, to write letters to these ten contestants. (Meet all the farmers here.)
Anyone who wants to write to any one of the farmers need to be older than 21 and be unmarried.
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