Uganda President Museveni will likely sign Anti-Homosexuality Law
Boston, 28 January 2014
Dr Kapya Kaoma writes about the Anti-Homosexuality Law (previously known as “Kill the Gays” bill), that the version passed in December had eliminated the death penalty but maintained a punishment of life imprisonment for “aggravated” homosexuality—namely, having sex with a person who is under 18 years old or disabled, or instances in which the “offender” is HIV positive. The penalty also holds for “serial offenders”— people who have been previously convicted for the crime of homosexuality. Kaoma goes on to highlight the issues and suggest that Museveni is hedging and trying to please too many people. Read more...
I am a homosexual, Mum
Kenya, 27 January 2014
Binyavanga Wainaina writes about coming out to his mother. 'Nobody, nobody, ever in my life has heard this. Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear.
“I am a homosexual, mum.” ' Read more...
On the fear of imagination
Kenya, 27 January 2014
Binyavanga Wainaina speaks, Part 1: Bring Me The Obedient Children (1 of 6). Part One of "We Must Free Our Imaginations" - a six-part series in which Binyavanga Wainaina speaks on the fear of imagination. Watch on youtube...
Mandela leaves SA with Freedom in our hands and India dishonors LGBTI Rights
South Africa, 11 December 2013
Jabu Pereira, human rights activist, calls India out on their shameful recriminalization of homosexuality as Mandela lies in state in South Africa. Shame falls on the India Supreme Court on international human rights day. As the grey skies covered Joburg and the rain fell over the city we mourned the loss of a great human leader and as India’s President paid his respects to Nelson Mandela, its Supreme Court just re-criminalized same-sex relationships. Read more...
Audrey Mbugua is in the News (again): Be/Becoming/Being Transgender in Kenya
Kenya, 7 July 2013
Neo Musangi writes about Audrey Mbugua, a Kenyan not new to gender identity controversies and the corridors of justice. She has been in the Kenyan news for a while now. A few years back she was suing the then Minister for Health, Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o because the biggest government hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital denied her request for gender re-assignment surgery. No one would do it. Read more...
A letter to Angelina Jolie by an Indian transman
India, 2 June 2013
Satya Rai Nagpaul thanks Angelina Jolie for coming out, "I mean about your mastectomy. You have no idea what this can mean for a transman like me who went through the exact same procedure as yours; well almost!" Read more...
I dare you to be ambiguous/queer. Anywhere. Say maybe in Kenya.
Kenya, 17 May 2013
Neo Musangi writes about IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in Kenya. Sometimes when she says Kenya, she just means Nairobi. And yes, OutInKenya did confirm that the Kenyan chapter of IDAHOT was in the oven. IDAHOBIT: Mbona U Hate?, they called it. Read more...
Gone @ 20 – the lucky ones are not yet born!
South Africa, 28 August 2012
Zethu Matebeni writes about those, unremembered, who died in their 20s. Many would remember the American Rhythm &Blues (R&B) singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash. She was 22 at the time of her death. Controversial supermodel Gia died at the age of 26. Some still don’t believe that Tupac Shakur is dead. We remember all these people because they were famous. No one remembers those that didn't make Club 27. Read more...