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.
The Relaunch Of Gina!Write comment (0 Comments)
An openly gay stand-up comedian who understands the importance of LGBTQ representation? Welcome to The Relaunch Of Gina!
The Relaunch Of Gina is the debut comedy special by popular Capetonian stand-up comedian Eugene Mathews. For the past eight and a half years Eugene Mathews has been normalising gay content through the medium of stand-up comedy. He tells his stories in a way which allows the funniness to overshadow the shock of a gay man talking about his authentic life experiences.
The show takes a look at the past and present of one of South Africa's most unique and refreshing voices in stand-up comedy. Eugene has been through a lot of life before and during his career as an entertainer; these things are to be spoken about!
“The Relaunch Of Gina is the comedy special where I get to talk about my life as a thirty something gay man facing irrelevance in his community. My interactions with the various characters in my life are so much funnier than it should be. I tend to put myself in weird situations just to have something fresh to talk about at my next gig so there’s that also...”
The comedy special is on at Melville Comedy Club in Melville, Johannesburg on the 29th and 30th of May 2019. Tickets are R120 and are available at https://melvillecomedy.com/products/the-relaunch-of-gina-29-may.
Mr Gay World 2019Write comment (0 Comments)
Mr Philippines, Janjep Carlos, was chosen as MR GAY WORLD 2019 on Saturday 4 May.
This followed a week of interviews by the panel of judges, written tests, social media campaigns, pop culture events, online voting, exercises, triathlon, soaking up Khayelitsha and long evenings of rehearsals.
At the grand finale in the Cape Town City Hall, all the finalists also appeared in a fantasy version of their country's national dress.
The 41-year-old Carlos is an athlete, traveller and a fitness enthusiast. He holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the Cavite State University and works in real estate..
His project is advocacy work in mental health, specifically spreading awareness about depression. He is partnering with Mental Health PH, an organisation that spreads awareness and provides assistance through social media.
MR GAY WORLD president and founder Eric Butter said the event was not a pageant but a leadership programme.
“It’s about enabling each other. It’s about removing stigmas, it’s about diversity, breaking barriers, inclusion and sensitisation.
“It’s an opportunity for all 22 countries to share their projects and to network. Bringing the competition to South Africa was a no-brainer because we were welcomed back for the fourth time to host Mr Gay World,” he said.
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