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Gay Memoir of Coming of Age in Africa and America

Gay Memoir of Coming of Age in Africa and America

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | “Lives of Great Men: Living And Loving As An African Gay Man” is a new memoir by Chiké Frankie Edozien, detailing a life lived between America and Africa. Edozien grew up in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, learning to read from newspapers his father brought home daily. He later became an ink-stained […]

The Terror of Terroir

BY KELLY COGSWELL | While Americans duke it out over the White House, the French are lining up to get into the annual Agricultural Fair in Paris, where you can see in the flesh how tough it is to maintain symbols of tradition in a society grappling with how to integrate immigrants and prod the recalcitrant […]

Against Gay Human Rights in Africa… Or, Activists Are Always Wrong

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Activists are always being told to shut up, sit down, go away — by people in their own movements. “Honey catches more flies than vinegar,” they say. Or, “The patient dog eats the fattest bone.” The specter of backlash is also raised, as if the black activist were responsible for racism. As […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

BY ANDY HUMM | The LGBT Pride Parade in New York has largely become one long –– and I mean really long, at seven hours-plus –– infomercial for businesses, from banks to Broadway shows, that want the patronage of LGBT folks and those sympathetic to us. But LGBT and AIDS activist and service groups continue […]

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kerry Kennedy minced no words in characterizing the longstanding policy of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in excluding openly LGBT participants. The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, named for her slain father, Kennedy recalled a meeting a year or so ago with LGBT leaders in […]

War Against Queers in Nigeria

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s been one year since an anti-gay bill passed in Nigeria banning same-sex marriages that nobody was lobbying for. Membership in LGBT groups was also criminalized, along with any display of homo affection, making a handshake as dangerous as a handjob. The law goes even further, requiring citizens to report such things […]

In NYC Briefing, Diverse, Nuanced Messages From Activists Around the Globe    

In NYC Briefing, Diverse, Nuanced Messages From Activists Around the Globe    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what has become an annual tradition coinciding with the observance of International Human Rights Day at the United Nations, nearly three dozen LGBT rights advocates from across the globe traveled to New York in early December for several days of meetings and presentations coordinated through the International Gay and Lesbian […]

RESPONDING TO AFRICAN HATE LAWS

March 11, 2014 To the Editor: I am really disappointed I didn’t hear anything about this protest in advance (“New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws,” by Duncan Osborne, Mar. 5). This issue really concerns me. I would have joined and brought activist friends. I thought I was well connected via emails […]

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

BY KELLY COGSWELL AND HARRIET HIRSHORN | Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Nigeria Demo from Woman at the […]

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