The Order of Nature is a story about a green-eyed American man who accepted a teaching placement in the Gambia right out of college, thrusting him out of his middle-class life of privilege into a world he quite was not prepared for. Andrew is the perfect kid; smart, sensitive and well-rounded but he also had… Read More Book Review: The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will no longer classify gender incongruence as a mental disorder. This comes in their latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases. The report states: “The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this… Read More WHO will not classify being transgender as a mental disorder
At The Rustin Times, we are particular about showing LGBTIQ persons from around the world who are living their best lives. “Transfixed” tells the story of 49 year old Jessica, a transgender woman from Denver, who has struggled to become herself throughout her entire life. It was directed by Jared Formanek with assistance from Kaitlyn… Read More Watch ‘Transfixed,’ a documentary that chronicles the journey of a trans woman
In the article I didn’t write I was going to talk about our ever dynamic LGBT community, and its cliquey nature. The ways that it can segregate, divide, withhold, complicate, implicate, and exist in various elitist, sometimes sectarian, and mostly inaccessible holds. In the beginning of the article, I was going to draw from Alexander… Read More The Clique Business in Nigeria’s LGBT Community
A presidential commission in Tunisia has recommended the decriminalisation of the country’s anti-gay law. Known as the Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (COLIBE), the commission that is comprised of legislators, professors and human rights advocates, included the decriminalization of homosexuality as one of the several progressive changes recommended to the country’s President, Beji Caid Essebi.… Read More Tunisian Presidential Commission suggests decriminalising homosexuality
Elie Ballan is the director of M-Coalition, an organization based out of Lebanon that works on promoting sexual health and LGBT rights throughout the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region. #WhyIFight is an online campaign to encourage everyone to speak out on LGBTIQ issues online or offline. With the hashtag #WhyIFight and #EqualAfrica, we… Read More #WhyIFight: Elie Ballan
One of the most hilarious misconceptions about gay people in Africa is that they are all considered outsiders, and I say hilarious because it is funny that people don’t realize LGBT persons are their family members, friends and colleagues. Let me simplify it, your brother, your sister, you best friend, your cousin, your dad, your… Read More You broke bread with a gay person.
I was a good Christian kid, not the average one but the kind to walk into church and everyone would literally start calling him ‘Young Pastor’. But I was gay, and I knew this for sure as I was walking to Tony’s house because this was obviously not a friendly neighborhood visit, we were going… Read More #OurStories: Being gay is easy, dying is hard.
About 100 men and women alleged to be gay were reportedly arrested in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria, according to a witness who reported the incident to NoStringsNG . Narrating the incident, the witness who happened to have escaped told the advocacy blog that the police showed up at the hotel’s club at about 2:00 am, where… Read More Eyewitness narrates how Delta State Police arrest over 100 alleged LGBT persons.
Chike Frankie Edozien has a won a Lammy! The Nigerian author and journalist took home the Lambda Literary Award’s Gay Memoir/Biography Prize for his book, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. Edozien’s book is one of the few memoirs about living as a Nigerian gay man and was released to critical… Read More Chike Frankie Edozien wins Lambda Literary Award for ‘Lives of Great Men’