Week in Review (August 18 – August 24)
So much for loving thy neighbor. Apparently Miss Erica and Miss Tina are in full support of Chick-fil-A’s homphobic stance against gay marriage. The duo reweeted a tweet posted by the homo haters over at “The Christian Post.”
More details on TheFabFemme.com.
Hampton Case in Ohio Update
TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts updates us on the murder case of another trans sister, Kendall Hampton. Roberts posted last week about the Hampton trans murder case in Ohio and the almost immediate deployment of the Black trans unwoman meme in the initial reports by several Cincinnati media outlets. The local media in addition to immediately misgendering her, assumed Hampton was engaged in sex work. A recent story in GLBTNewsCincinnati.com is based on an interview with a person purported to be a relative of Hampton’s.
For more information, visit TransGriot.
State of Black Gay America Summit Announces Keynote Speakers
Je-Shawna C. Wholley, a Spelman alum who has been recognized for her works on behalf of LGBT people by the Human Rights Campaign and the National Black Justice Coalition, will be the keynote speaker at the State of Black Gay America on Sept. 1 as part of Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride’s community events over Labor Day weekend.
More about the event at The GA Voice.
Hip-Hop’s Anti-Gay Tone Shifting After Frank Ocean’s Coming Out
For years, anti-gay epithets and sentiments in rap have largely been accepted, along with its frequent misogyny and violence, as part of the hip-hop culture – a culture that has been slow to change, even as gays enjoy more mainstream acceptance, particularly in entertainment.
But while perhaps glacial, a shift appears to be on the horizon.
“People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different,” Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview.
Read over at the Huffington Post.
Gay Hate Crime Condemned by Hip Hop Fans
A cowardly attack with a taser gun on an American gay couple has been condemned by hip hop fans – with even some self confessed homophobes condemning the attack.
Continue reading at Gay Star News.
Play About Gay Man Staged in Conservative Uganda
play that revolves around the turbulent life of a gay man in Uganda is being staged in the East African nation, where three years ago a parliamentarian wrote a bill seeking the death penalty for homosexuals.
This is the first time a play exploring homosexuality is being performed in Uganda, and the British playwright and producers say they hope their work can help “normalize the gay character” in this conservative country.
The play, titled “The River and the Mountain,” premiered last Friday at a little-known theater in the capital, Kampala, amid fears the police would raid the venue and stop production. Government officials had objected to the play and blocked it from being staged at Uganda’s national theater.
More over at theGrio.com.