“It’s hard being African and gay, here’s my story” – Gift Nwosu

For about a decade now I have been lying to myself, to everyone, to the world, and I’ve come to a moment of realization that putting up a facade for everyone to somewhat show interest in me was not the best way to go about my life. Read more ““It’s hard being African and gay, here’s my story” – Gift Nwosu”

Gay people might be ‘different’, but definitely not flawed

In the early days, homosexuality was categorized as a mental illness, specifically a sexual disorder, DSM-II (the American classification of mental disorders) in 1968 listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. In this, the DSM followed in a long tradition in medicine and psychiatry, which in the 19th century appropriated homosexuality from the Church and, in the style of enlightenment, transformed it from sin to mental disorder, then to a sexual orientation disturbance before it was finally scrapped off 19 years after. It is now said to simply be a diversity in sexual behaviors, or a form of sexual expression. Read more “Gay people might be ‘different’, but definitely not flawed”

Jussie’s attack mirrors a glimpse of similar anti-LGBTIQ+ brutality in Africa

The ‘Empire’ star, Jussie Smollett, a black, openly gay actor was hospitalized after encountering a possible homophobic assault at the early hours of Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Smollett was said to have been walking when he was attacked by two people “yelling out racial, and homophobic slurs, poured an unknown chemical substance on him and then concluded by wrapping a rope around his neck” Chicago police department has neither confirmed the gender of the offenders, nor identified the chemical substance. Jussie found his way to North-western Hospital where he was cared for and discharged. Chicago police are calling it a possible hate crime and all investigations are being carried out.

Jussie Smollet

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