I believe there is power in conversation, sharing thoughts in their hardest, and most honest forms help to shape, change, and inspire. For the Nigerian LGBT community there is the utmost need for conversations between and within us. Introspection is crucial to changing the flawed narrative we have been constantly written into. This is why… Read More Naija LGBT Pride Talks 01: Pink Panther
Trans issues are sensitive in Africa and even more sensitive in the gay community. The LGBT community is made up of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and for some time now, there has been some Transgender identifying individuals who don’t feel properly represented by the T in LGBT and they have expressed their desire… Read More There is no LGBT without Trans people.
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
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
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.
In this first part of the series, PETER OKEUGO reports that in their search for safety and protection, these Gay and Transgender refugees in Kenya’s Kakuma Camp fled homophobic attacks in Uganda, only to meet doom in what should be a safe haven. This report is a follow up to Emmanuel Sadi’s interview with Tobias Pellicciari… Read More Out of the frying pan into the fire (Part 1)
As one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, Nollywood prides itself on expressing the stories that reflect the cultures and way of life of its citizens. It is however disturbing that the industry has failed to accurately or even partially reflect the struggles of its LGBTQ community, this hasn’t stopped Nollywood from suffering the effects of Nigeria’s… Read More Nigeria’s movie industry (Nollywood) struggles with internalized homophobia
I know you most definitely have heard this a billion times, you probably feel it in the tender structure of your guts, or are just at that crossroads (tough I know, necessary too) between societal ‘logic’ and the irrepressible come-to of your person. It is important that we remind ourselves, over, and over again, that… Read More Let’s Talk About Joy