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A video from May 15’s protest against corrective rape in South Africa.

To see how you can help South Africa this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - May 17 - see my last blog post.

Mobilize to help the LGBT of South Africa

A few months ago I was in Cape Town, South Africa. While I was there I had the pleasure of attending one of the best pride festivals in the world, and I also met the 2011 festival’s director, Gareth Dallas.

Gareth and I met for an interview for a paper that I was working on at the time. During the interview we discussed what it’s like to be gay in South Africa.

Gareth had said if you were to put a roof over Cape Town - a city many describe as the gayest city in Africa - it’d be a giant gay club. And it was so gay indeed!! During the gay pride parade, I remember following a float for the burger joint Beefcakes - covered in sexy, smiling men with giant water guns - and on top there was a faaaaabulousss drag queen. We marched passed a nursing home, upon which the drag queen shouted into the microphone: ‘GAYS NEED NURSING TOO!!’ The residents of the home cheered from their balconies.

As wonderful a place South Africa can be for gays, there is also a dire crisis. It was in my conversation with Gareth that I first learned about the seriousness of this crisis: a crisis called “corrective rape.”

The most recent development: the murder of Nqobile Khumalo. A resident of Durban, South Africa, Khumalo is another woman in the long list of women in the country to fall victim to “corrective rape.”

If you haven’t heard of “corrective rape,” it is a trend in South Africa where a man, or a group of men, will rape a lesbian woman to… “correct” her.

While this crisis has been around for some time, two other recent incidents that have gotten publicity include a 13-year-old girl in Pretoria who was raped earlier this month, and a 24-year-old activist who was raped and murdered in late April.

Now, here’s what we can do.

This Sunday the 15th, the LGBT community in Cape Town is mobilizing for a protest in front of Parliament. While most of us can’t make it to South Africa in the next two days, what we can do is mobilize using our online presences.

May 17 is IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. This is our chance to help our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, allied, asexual, intersex, and genderqueer (etc.) brothers and sisters at the southern tip of Africa.

Take to Twitter to post your support for the LGBT community in South Africa and use the hashtags #endh8, #SA, #IDAHO and #LGBTIAQ. Gareth Dallas said in a Facebook message to the Cape Town Pride Festival group that these tags will be used to track the action for their movement. Who knows exactly what impact our international support could have? Well, it definitely couldn’t hurt. The online movement against the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill acquired 500,000 signatures in four days in 192 different countries and 10 different territories. And, as Bishop Christopher Senyonjo so inspirationally proclaimed in Uganda on May 11, “International pressure is necessary, these are issues of justice and love for other human beings.”

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." See this video.

Please, take a second to reblog this. Tweet about this. On May 17, take a second to post a Tweet in support, and remember to use the hashtags #endh8, #SA, #IDAHO and #LGBTIAQ.

Please pass this on. This crisis needs to end.

- Christopher Hoffmann

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As I gay post this, because I gay love it.

As I gay post this, because I gay love it.

Blog for Equality Day 2011 - Pittsburgh

Why should same-sex marriage be legal?

LGBT youth living in socially liberal areas are 20% less likely to commit suicide than LGBT youth living in socially conservative areas. This coming in a country where LGBT youth are already five times as likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.

A Columbia study published in the April 18 issue of Pediatrics reports all of this.

One criterium used by the researchers to deem an area “socially liberal” was the number of same-sex couples residing in the area.

Legalize same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania.

 

This blog entry is part of @PghLesbian24's effort to squash House Bill 1434 proposed by Daryl Metcalfe in Pennsylvania to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, only. Please take a moment to sign the Equality for Pennsylvania petition, or create a blog post yourself to become part of the Blog4Equality Day 2011. Send posts to PghLesbian24 on Twitter.

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I used to get told this in high school all the time. I was always then like, &#8220;O RLY? I&#8217;ve apparently been doing something wrong all these years then!!&#8221;

I used to get told this in high school all the time. I was always then like, “O RLY? I’ve apparently been doing something wrong all these years then!!”

Biphobia, especially within the LGBT community, is NOT OK

Biphobia, especially within the LGBT community, is NOT OK

World: See Attached

World: See Attached

Children’s Book Explaining Homosexuality

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