Justin Fashanu, Britain’s first and only OUT gay male footballer, is to be posthumously inducted into the UK’s National Football Museum Hall of Fame this week.
Sky Sports reports: “The award celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport and comes 22 years after the former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker took his own life. He died in 1998, eight turbulent years after coming out publicly in a national newspaper.”
Fashanu’s niece told Sky Sports: “I think he wouldn’t believe it himself. I know he would be extremely honoured, and I know that I am extremely honoured and so is my family. I guess for Justin this would be a great moment and I think it’s a pivotal moment when we are finally recognising who Justin Fashanu was, not only as the openly gay footballer, but also as a very talented footballer and the first million-pound black player in England.”
When it comes to Gay Pride, Cape Town has its own style, The theme of Cape Town Pride 2020 is “No Excuses. No Regrets.” Pride partner Cape Town Carnival will be lending some of their costumes to add extra fabulosity to the parade which culminates the pride festival. The 10 day festival includes a variety of events such as drag shows, book launches, sporting events, film shows, poetry reading, and art exhibitions.
The Cape Town Pride festival kicks off on Friday 14th February 2020 with The Mr and Miss Cape Town Pride Pageant taking place at the Joseph Stone Auditorium (Athlone) in the evening.
The Parade and Mardi Gras will take place on Saturday 29 February. The Parade starts at 12 pm in Prestwich Street, De Waterkant and will move towards Reddam Field at the Green Point Urban Park. There will be a variety of entertainment on stage including some of the best drag acts, live bands and singers which the Mother City has to offer.
Pride includes people of every race and faith, whether disabled or able-bodied, and all sexualities and genders including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, trans*, genderqueer, gender variant or non-binary as well as straight and cis allies. Cape Town Pride is run entirely by volunteers. They came together as Cape Town Pride LGBT+ Community Pride in 2014 to find a way to deliver a Pride that Cape Town deserves. In order to cover the massive costs that are involved this is a ticketed event. Pre-booking is available through Quicket with the basic price of R50.00 going up to R280.00.
Artists taking the stage at the Mardi Gras include some of the best local LGBTI+ such as:
• Latheem Gabriel
• Miloh Ramai
• Manila von Teez
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.
Twenty years after it lifted its policy banning gays from the military the British government has apologised for the policy and the service personnel who were discharged.
Addressing a group of veterans at a function at Westminster the UK’s Minister for Defence, Johnny Mercer, said the ban was wrong.
“It was unacceptable then and it is unacceptable now, and as the Minister for Defence, people and veterans, I wanted to personally apologise to you today for those experiences.” Mercer said.
Mercer, who was in the army and did three tours of Afghanistan said the discrimination LGBTI service people experienced was unacceptable.
“If I am honest, it is hard to conceive – as a more contemporary veteran of our armed forces, the environment too many of you experienced when you were serving,” he said.
“Where being a member of the LGBT+ community would have got you detained, followed by a dishonourable discharge from the military.
“Volunteering to serve is an act of bravery in itself; to volunteer for the chaotic, challenging nature of service life and yet within that community, which so many of us are so proud of, experience discrimination of this sort is unacceptable.”
By Lawrence Mashiyane
It is February and, for those who care for such things as Valentine's Day, it is the month of Love. Some scurried throughout January to get someone 'special' and others are getting on the love train before the 14th. At the end of search, many will be on dates on the 14th and many will be having sex; others will probably be watching TV, but we are not interested in them for now (and clearly love isn't either). The interest is in the ones who will be on dates and/or having a shag. The interest is in what happens after Valentine's Day. After Valentine's Day, how long until the romance fizzles out and turns into a memory or worse, a one night stand? You're probably thinking not long and if you are then it means you know about the cloud that hovers over the gay community; our relationships do not last. Of course this stereotype or stigma does not apply to everyone in the gay community but, as I always say, stereotypes do not come from out of nowhere. They are not made up. Stereotypes are that big cloud of black smoke that let every one know there's a fire. It does not mean an entire building is burning, but it does mean a floor or two could be.
For any relationship to last, one thing is important and that one thing comes before love, trust and commitment/faithfulness. That one thing is compatibility. The problem with the gay community is that compatibility has been cut down to two simple things; sex role and behaviour/gender expression. "Are you top, bottom or versatile?" They ask. "Are you 'straight' acting or feminine?" Once those two questions are asked and the answers are the desired, everything is good to go! But truth is, it is not good to go. Not at all! I am not saying that those things are not important (although how greatly important is up for debate), I am saying that there is more to find out beyond those two. There is a lack of compatibility in Gay relationships and it is usually because people have two things in mind: Society and Sex.
Whether a guy is effeminate or not is usually a concern with society; especially if one is in the closet. Sometimes it is preference but also, some people prefer to be with more masculine or 'straight acting' guys because it is a lot less obvious and covert. When two guys walk down the street, looking all heterosexual, no one really thinks "oh look, there goes a gay couple" but the concern is if a guy walks with another guy who has a twist in his hips, a twang in his voice and speaks with swinging hands; it all looks too obvious. The feminine guy draws too much attention, the two guys walking together now stick out like a sore thumb. Even if some guys are 'open' and out of the closet, the still remain (if I can say) conservative. They do not want to put society on edge, draw the attention of homophobes and they believe that their sexuality is no body's business. A fear for being judged for being gay still exists.
The second concern is Sex. The "are you top, bottom or versatile question?" simply put is, "are we going to be able to fuck or not?" I reject any other interpretation, it simply amounts to that.
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