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.”
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.
It has been reported that a group of guys in Boston is trying to put together some LGBTQ Pride Month counter-programming by organizing a straight-pride parade for later this year. The three dudes in charge, who may just be a bunch of trolls, have made a terrible flag and decided that Brad Pitt is their Straight Pride “mascot” — an honour that Pitt really wants nothing to do with. Reps for Pitt have reached out to the Boston bros in charge and told them to stop using the actor’s name and likeness to promote their “event,” and if they don’t, legal action might be taken. The group’s website is called Super Happy Fun America, and its tagline is “It’s great to be straight,” and while that all seems too stupid to be genuine, it also seems exactly stupid enough, considering the source of the idea.
Latest news is that Str8 Pride has been granted a licence to happen. That will surely not be without incident!
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.
In Afghanistan, as part of an illegal but traditional practice, men recruit young boys, luring them with gifts and money with the intention of having sex with them. They do it under the guise of a disgusting old sexual traditional practice called “bacha bazi” (boy play).
The practice has been widely discussed — for example, in The New York Times, Newsweek and The Daily Mail. Further coverage comes in a video documentary titled ‘They don’t just dance’ that is now available online through RTDoc – an English-language documentary channel created by Russia’s government-backed media company RT.
The documentary shows how under-aged boys are recruited and taught how to dance like women in parties organized by rich folks, who then later select their favorite boy for sex.
In Afghanistan, this is not viewed as homosexuality, even though there are strict laws prohibiting the act.
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