When we first started filming ‘Call Me Kuchu’, our documentary about the first openly gay man in Uganda, David Kato, we were immediately struck by the apparent disconnect between our experiences in Uganda and what we were seeing in international media reports.
By Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Arts, Film | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 3:12 pm
The shirts of Germany’s top flight players will this weekend be adorned with a unanimous slogan: “Geh deinen Weg” (“Go your own way”) as part of the weekly Integrations-Spieltag (Integration Matchday). The message of integration is primarily in support of young members of the immigrant community but following an interview with an anonymous gay footballer in the German magazine “Fluter”, it is the homophobia debate which has begun to take centre stage.
In the uber-macho and hetero-centric world of urban music, particularly in hip-hop, coming out as gay or bisexual isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence. So Frank Ocean’s decision to publish a heartfelt open letter on his Tumblr site this week revealing that his first love was in fact a man has significant implications.
Derogatory language is common among children, but is using terms that have undoubtedly negative connotations detrimental to how children will view minority groups, or are efforts to quell offensive language among school children futile, and a step too far?
Clara Cullen argues that giving government the constitutional power to define what, or more importantly what does not constitute a marriage infringes upon traditional small government values at the heart of US Republican ideology. If they continue to insist on staunchly adhering to socially conservative values, she argues, they will become increasingly out of touch electorally.
It is not just Ed Miliband who is being stabbed by his own side. The last few days have witnessed such a spectacular self-harming incident for gay people that I can only assume the homophobes of Britain and America are doing a celebratory jig.
The government sells its principals up the river on what is now, seemingly, a daily basis, but the worlds news outlets should not be paying for the raft. We do not require the approval of the Pentagon to put pressure on the application of civil rights and we do not require a simple majority to decide what side of the coin to choose.
A few weeks ago I felt moved and therefore obliged to write about the horrific news that a number of teens across America had committed suicide as a result of being bullied about their sexuality. The more I read when researching, the more upset I became and angry that our race can be so hurtful [...]
The homophobes are out in force in America. Yesterday I came across the shocking story of a young and talented musician who took his own life after some thoughtless idiot posted a secret video of him embracing another man – there was, of course, also a background of mocking and abuse towards him, all due [...]
The Guardian’s Michael White is passionate in his condemnation of the media for jumping on internet tittle tattle about William Hague and exploiting speculation about his marriage.
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