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.
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.
Calling all Drags… time for you to be a QUEEN! Miss DRAG South-Africa 2019, is here and entries are open! At Miss DRAG SA 2018, held at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth on the 29th of September 2018, Pageant Director Enigma Von Hamburg made the announcement that Miss DRAG SA 2019, is moving to Pretoria, Gauteng with the finale to be held at The Arena Venue, State Theatre on 04 October 2019.
Miss Drag South Africa, is a national pageant where beautiful and intelligent hopefuls from across the nation vie for this prestigious title. Enigma says that “the brand celebrates diversity and thus acts as an inclusive pageant to drag queens, gender queer and trans bodies. The platform highlights the aim of ‘Drag for a Purpose’ to inspire ordinary people that carry out extraordinary things to advocate the advancement of LGBTQA+ rights, drag culture, serve as agents for change and uplift their communities by serving as positive role models.
At the 2018 edition, Miss Vicky from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, competed against 14 fierce finalists from across the country to be crowned Miss Drag South-Africa 2018. Her prize package to the value of up to R80,000 included a vast cash prize, wardrobe, shoes, make-up, training vouchers, a laptop, travel allowance and a holiday trip, amongst many.
Miss Drag South-Africa 2019 launched on Saturday 02 February 2019, with a dinner and media attending the launch at Berta’s in Woodstock, Cape Town.
The entries close on Friday 15 March 2019, of which the finalists and semi-finalists will be invited on a weekend bootcamp, the first weekend in May 2019, in preparation of the title and the run-up towards to the gala evening on 04 October 2019. The venue for the Bootcamp will be confirmed.
Enigma hopes that more people will get involved with the 2019 edition, especially in terms of sponsorships. “I have a dream that one day, the pageant can also be on the level of Miss South-Africa!”
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.
With almost half of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) South Africans experiencing discrimination, OUT LGBT Well-being has launched the Love Not Hate Legal Clinic.
The free service, based at OUT's Pretoria office and funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), aims to provide legal advice, resources and information to members of the LGBTI community.
The Love Not Hate Legal Clinic is staffed by Moude Maodi-Swartz, a Paralegal who is pursuing her Bachelor in Law at the University of South Africa. OUT also has access to various legal services and works closely with other human rights NGOs, law firms and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
"Due to the high rate of injustices against the LGBTI community, OUT has identified a dire need for this kind of service," says Maodi-Swartz. "We aim to empower and encourage LGBTI individuals to take action against perpetrators using legislation and human rights mechanisms that they are entitled to.”
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