Community, News

“My body is strong but my soul is stronger,” Jussie Smollett speaks about the attack

About a week after the racist and homophobic attack on actor, Jussie Smollett, he has released his first statement to reassure everyone that he’s recovering and thankful for the support he’s received over the last few days. As earlier reported on the Rustin Times, Jussie Smollett was stopped while reportedly exiting a Subway restaurant in… Read More “My body is strong but my soul is stronger,” Jussie Smollett speaks about the attack

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Kenya’s LGBT+ refugees fall sick at U.N. shelter but UNHCR says the outbreak was not linked to conditions at the shelter

Thanks to brilliant reporting from the Thomas Reuters Foundation, it has been revealed that “Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor sanitation at the facility”. According to the refugee representative,… Read More Kenya’s LGBT+ refugees fall sick at U.N. shelter but UNHCR says the outbreak was not linked to conditions at the shelter

Community, News

Actor, Jussie Smollett hospitalized after racist, homophobic attack in Chicago

Jussie Smollett, popularly known for his lead role as Jamal Lyon in Fox Television show — Empire, was attacked around 2:00 am CT Tuesday morning in Chicago. According to Chicago police reports on The Advocate, Jussie Smollett — who came nout as gay in 2015 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — was stopped while reportedly exiting… Read More Actor, Jussie Smollett hospitalized after racist, homophobic attack in Chicago

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Boy Erased, Grey’s Anatomy, Pose, Queer Eye makes nominee list for GLAAD Media awards

2018 was definitely the year of accurate representation for Queer people. From movies to series to songs nd even video games, Queer people and Queer issues moved from being a minority to a major part of the media. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the… Read More Boy Erased, Grey’s Anatomy, Pose, Queer Eye makes nominee list for GLAAD Media awards

Community, News

“Leave the country or face persecution,” A Nigerian police officer tells gay persons

Mrs. Dolapo Badmos, the Chief Superintendent and spokeswoman for the Lagos State Police Command in a recent statement warned gay persons in the country to leave the country or be persecuted. This statement was made on her personal Instagram account on Thursday, 17th January 2019. “If you are homosexually inclined,” she wrote. “Nigeria is not… Read More “Leave the country or face persecution,” A Nigerian police officer tells gay persons

Arts, Community, News

Olumide Makanjuola and Jude Dibia team up on soon-to-be-released book; Queer Men’s Narrative

Queer Literature, Nigerian Queer Literature to be specific is finally gaining ground. From Frank Edozien’s Lives of Great Men to She called me Woman and shorter anthologies from Brittle paper and Kabaka Republic, the future is bright for Queer literature in Nigeria (Even if we say so ourselves). As part of publicity for their upcoming… Read More Olumide Makanjuola and Jude Dibia team up on soon-to-be-released book; Queer Men’s Narrative

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Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, bans discrimination based on Sexual Orientation

South-central African country, Angola joins the list of countries to join in the fight against the discrimination and criminalization of LGBT persons by signing a law to that effect. On Wednesday, January 23rd, Angola’s parliament adopted it’s first new penal code and removed a provision in its law inherited from its Portuguese colonizers that included… Read More Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, bans discrimination based on Sexual Orientation

Nele's Thoughts, Op-Ed

Some Easy (recurrent and ignorantly) Tested and Still (sadly) Surviving Ways Of Being a (Nigerian) Homophobe

1. This is really important, which of course is why it is the first thing up here, as it rules every thought, ideology, perception and action that homophobes and prospective ones live by when it comes to us LGBTQ persons. Which is to have absolutely no/ridiculously minimal knowledge of what it means for people to… Read More Some Easy (recurrent and ignorantly) Tested and Still (sadly) Surviving Ways Of Being a (Nigerian) Homophobe