On the 4th of September 2018, South African singer and winner of The Voice SA, Craig Lucas came out as gay. In the emotional letter, Lucas spoke about battling his depression and the struggle to keep his sexuality private so as not to jeopardise his career. View this post on Instagram An… Read More South African Singer and Winner of The Voice, Craig Lucas sings to his male love interest in the video for ‘Hearts Exposed’
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’
“Are you mad? Why did you kiss me in front of her? What if she saw us? I said, angrily, afraid and alarmed. “Because I wanted to, and I don’t think she even saw us, if she did, she wouldn’t say anything. She is my friend, and I will make sure she doesn’t say anything.”… Read More National Coming Out Day: Bandy Kiki Shares her Story
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
For a very long time, LGBTQ activism has been centred on the idea that gay people were born this way; that who we are is as a result of God or biology and not a product of choice. I mean, who would choose to be gay right? Who would choose to live a life condemned… Read More Anthony Jones: Does It Really Matter If We Were Born This Way?
Simply because it isn’t. While this might suffice as explanation enough, I do think it is important to talk about this a bit more. This mentality, although not statistically proven, through extensive personal experiences and objective observations, is sadly what the average Nigerian gay man believes. While sex is crucial to humans who are down… Read More Dear Royals, This is Why You Cannot Afford To Still Consider Being Gay a “Game”.
I write this piece as an increasingly proud gay Nigerian man who has been through various phases of the gay-self-acceptance. I went through the discovery phase of knowing there’s such a thing as the deplorable group of people known as homosexuals and that I was, indeed, one of them. From there I went through, for… Read More Rotimi Chris: We all have to come out