For us at The Rustin Times it is very important to celebrate various platforms using the media as a tool for advocacy for issues surrounding our community. For years, LGBTIQ Africans have had their stories distorted by the mainstream media. Sometimes it is because they don’t know better but sometimes it is usually because the… Read More LGBTIQ Africans have a voice with the AfroQueer Podcast
Today is Spirit Day across the world and the aim is to speak out against LGBTQ bullying and stand with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Popular American choreographer Hamilton Evans teamed up with GLAAD for a special dance piece to Lady Gaga’s Marry the Night, in honour of… Read More Celebrate #SpiritDay with this special choreography by Hamilton Evans
After a long wait, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, a film by The Initiative for Equal Rights premiered on the 14th of October in Lagos, Nigeria. The film stars some of Nigeria’s top actors including Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi, Katherine Obiang, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Francis Sule, Temidayo Akinboro and Omotunde ‘Lolo’ Adebowale-David. Directed and produced by Tope… Read More A recap of all that happened at the premiere of ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’
Kenya, like most of Africa, treats homosexuality with up to a 14-year jail sentence, but in recent years LGBTQ advocates have become increasingly vocal. And the government has also become more understanding of gay rights and the many plights in the community. This opportunity has led an activist movement to challenge the ruling and they… Read More Kenya’s court to consider India’s ruling in their gay rights case.
The United Nations General Assembly organised an LGBTI high level event on “Violence Against LGBTI individuals: Extrajudicial, Summary Or Arbitrary Executions.” The historic event saw the Secretary-General of the United Nations give his first speech on LGBTIQ issues in his tenure. Watch below In her remarks, UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said, “There should be… Read More Watch António Guterres first speech on LGBTIQ Rights as UN Secretary-General
Film enthusiasts in Kenya can now see the highly anticipated LGBT themed film, Rafiki as the High Court has lifted the ban temporarily so as to enable the film be submitted for consideration at the 2019 Academy Awards. Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, Rafiki was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board because it went against the… Read More Kenya lifts ban on ‘Rafiki,’ Film to be submitted for 2019 Oscars
Still in the aftermath of the 57 people arrested in Lagos, reports are reaching us that no fewer than 41 perceived gay persons have been arrested by security operatives in Bauchi State. The victims were arrested during a joint operation by men of the (NPF) Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence… Read More Security operatives in Bauchi join forces to arrest 47 allegedly gay persons.
In India, under the colonial-era law, homosexual activity was punishable by up to 10 years in jail but today marks an end to that injustice as The Supreme Court reversed its controversial British-era ban on consensual gay sex. In a historically defining moment, The Supreme Court judges struck down the anti-gay law with a unanimous… Read More #LoveWins: India’s Supreme Court decriminalizes homosexual activity with unanimous votes from the Judges.
A few days after Pope Francis told reporters that gay parents and the kids should seek psychiatric help. The Vatican has come forward with an attempt to correct his widely frowned upon comments. The head of the Catholic Church made the comments while on the plane back from his diplomatic visit to Ireland. While speaking… Read More The Vatican says Pope Francis didn’t mean to call homosexuality a mental illness.
Just a few months after his controversial scandal with Stephanie Otobo, the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries; Apostle Suleman revealed why some people are gay. The Nigerian pastor who is said to command a congregation of almost 200 thousand revealed this while preaching at his church in Edo State. During his sermor, the… Read More Apostle Suleman says gay people are possessed by a demon from hell and lists other reasons for gayness.