Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08




This article shared 3561 times since Thu Jan 1, 2004
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Canaan Banana, the former president of Zimbabwe who was outed and imprisoned for sodomy, died Nov. 10 at age 67 following a long illness. He was president from 1980 to 1987.

Banana was jailed on 11 charges of sodomy, attempted sodomy and unnatural acts with men in 1997. He was accused of sexually assaulting university students he taught, members of the State House football team, policemen, military officers, cooks, gardeners, aides, a job interviewee and a hitchhiker. He served only eight months of a 10-year sentence.

Current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is the world's most vocally homophobic head of state. He has said of gays: 'What an abomination, a rottenness of culture, real decadence of culture. [Homosexuals are] repugnant to my human conscience ... immoral and repulsive. ... Animals in the jungle are better than these people because at least they know that this is a man or a woman. ... I don't believe they have any rights at all.'

On Nov. 17, the ruling ZANU-PF party's Politburo declared that Banana's body would not be interred in the nation's Heroes' Acre cemetery because he had set a 'bad example to youth.'

Instead, Banana will be laid to rest at his birthplace near the provincial capital of Bulawayo following a 'state-assisted funeral,' said Politburo Secretary for Information and Publicity Nathan Shamuyarira.


The mayor of Bocaiuva do Sul in Brazil's Paraná state banned homosexuals and 'any element linked to this class' from moving to the town Dec. 3.

According to Reuters, Mayor Elcio Berti explained, 'This municipality is fighting to support social projects and needs to bring in industries, for which people with strong fists are needed to operate production tools.'

He also said the town, population 10,000, needs to 'preserve respect and family atmosphere' and increase its birthrate. Berti previously banned sale of condoms and other birth-control measures and reportedly handed out free Viagra to encourage reproduction.

'I need to increase the population by encouraging people to have kids, not with troublemakers,' he told the Folha de São Paulo newspaper. 'When I was a kid I used to live among criminals but even so they were all real men.'

Gay activists announced plans to sue to overturn the decree and, on Dec. 5, state officials charged Berti with violation of local and federal antidiscrimination laws and abuse of administrative power, The Advocate reported.

'Mayor Elcio Berti stepped beyond any reasonable limit,' prosecutor Agenor Salgado told the AP, The Advocate said. 'If convicted, he could face two to four years in prison, aside from losing his office.'



Jamaican reggae star Bounty Killer canceled planned concerts in London and Birmingham, England, Dec. 5 and 6 after the gay-rights group OutRage! urged the police to arrest him on charges of inciting violence against homosexuals.

At OutRage!'s request, police warned the concert venues—the White Pearl Club in Birmingham and the Stratford Rex in London— that they could be found guilty of aiding and abetting criminal offenses if Bounty Killer performed his hit songs calling for gays to be burned, drowned, stoned, wiped out and murdered.

'The cancellation of his concerts is a victory over homophobia in pop music,' said OutRage!'s Peter Tatchell. 'Our aim is to make Britain a no-go area for singers who incite violence against gay people and other minorities.'

Among Bounty Killer's lyrics: 'Bun a fire pon a kuh pon mister fagoty. Poop man fi drown a dat a yawd man philosophy (Uh huh).'

The translation, OutRage! said, is: 'Burn the queer. Men who have anal sex should be drowned, that's a yardie man's philosophy.'

Also: 'Hear this likkle punk guh sing a battyman concept. To kill dis yah fool, to me dat is no stress. Murder dem fast just like a Federal Express.' Translation: 'Hear this little punk who sings a queer song. To kill this fool, to me that is no stress. Murder him fast, like Federal Express.'

Spokesmen for the two clubs said Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price, canceled the shows because he missed his flight from Jamaica.



A resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 20 by Reps. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and Christopher Shays, R-Conn., seeks to assist people in other nations who face human-rights abuses based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

The resolution calls on the State Department to improve tracking of human-rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the problem worldwide.

Supporters of the resolution cited several examples of LGBT abuse and mistreatment, including the ongoing persecution and entrapment via the Internet of gay men in Egypt; the continuing murders of transgender people in Honduras—often, allegedly, at the hands of police; and the imprisonment of Uzbek gay human-rights activist Ruslan Sharipov.

Amnesty International welcomed the resolution.

'Some 70 countries still criminalize homosexuality,' said Michael Heflin, director of Amnesty USA's OUTfront Program. 'Punishments under these statutes in some cases include torture and even the death penalty. Discrimination and violence against LGBT people by authorities and civilians remains widespread throughout much of the world. States' failure to hold perpetrators accountable creates a climate of impunity.'

America's largest gay-rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, also praised the move.

'In Zambia and Zimbabwe, GLBT individuals are threatened and brutally assaulted for their advocacy of equal rights,' HRC said. 'In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania and Iran, GLBT people face possible execution for adult, consensual same-sex relations.

'It has often been said that with great power comes great responsibility,' the group said. 'As one of the most fortunate and powerful countries on the planet, the United States has a tremendous responsibility to speak out and protect those who may not be able to protect themselves.'

This article shared 3561 times since Thu Jan 1, 2004
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Lightfoot's Women's Advisory Council releases report on economic impacts of COVID on Chicago women
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's Women's Advisory Council (WAC), in partnership with World Business Chicago, Women Employed, and Civic Consulting Alliance, published Creating a More Equitable Recovery: Addressing ...

Gay News

Chicago Dance Crash celebrates 20th anniversary with 'Booms Day'
Chicago Dance Crash's signature blend of concert and street dance styles paints a colorful picture of life, strife and relationship goals after the end of the world with Booms Day, a two-act, world premiere dance production ...

Gay News

Supreme Court strikes down N.Y. gun law; LGBTQ+ groups react
On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court eased restrictions on carrying firearms in public, continuing a trend by the court in recent years of weakening gun restrictions, according to Yahoo! News. The court's conservative majority ruled ...

Gay News

Photos of Chicago's Daniel Sotomayor included in new Smithsonian exhibit
The Smithsonian's first gallery dedicated to Latino history and culture has opened its doors to the public at the National Museum of American History, NBC News noted. Billed as a precursor to a national Latino museum ...

Gay News

Governing body restricts trans swimmers; HRC responds
On June 19, swimming's world governing body, FINA, voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in women's events and will look into creating an "open competition" category, Yahoo! News reported. FINA members voted 71.5% in ...

Gay News

Reality-TV couple convicted of committing fraud
A jury found reality-TV couple Todd and Julie Chrisley guilty of fraud, including charges related to a tax evasion scheme that went on for years, according to NBC News. The couple, known for their USA Network ...

Gay News

Critically acclaimed Queer Serial History Podcast continues new series into Pride Month
-- From a press release - In Queer Serial's radio drama style, NLGJA award-winning producer Devlyn Camp is bringing gay history to life with news & gay radio shows from the archives, unheard interviews between historian Will Roscoe & Supervisor Harry Britt, ...

Gay News

SAVOR Nautical-themed spots Lake House and The Hampton Social; restaurant news
Remember when you had that spacious second lakefront home that you could visit during the summer—dining on seafood and kicking back on those lazy afternoons? Yeah … me neither. However, the Fairmont Chicago has brought the ...

Gay News

GLAAD: True LGBTQ allyship extends to all aspects of business, including political giving
-- From a press release - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (New York, NY)—GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announces GLAAD's Recommendations for Corporate Allies to educate corpo ...

Gay News

Okla. governor signs anti-trans, strict abortion measures
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has recently signed a couple controversial measures into law. According to ABC News, Stitt has signed a bill requiring public school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on ...

Gay News

About Face to run immersive comedy about climate-change activism
About Face Theatre brings its 27th season to a close with a world premiere comedy created by and starring the About Face Youth Theatre ensemble. Gayme Changers will run June 18-24 at The Den Theater, 1331 ...

Gay News

THEATER Lesbian-cruise drama 'Seven Days at Sea' running thru June 5
Light and Sound Productions is running the world premiere of Seven Days at Sea, written by Martha Hansen and directed by Margaret Knapp, through Sunday, June 5, at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. The performance ...

Gay News

NBA coach/former Chicago Bull pleads for gun control after Texas shootings
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr discussed something besides basketball in his pregame news conference heading into Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks on Many 24, ESPN noted. "Since we left ...

Gay News

Gayla Turner talks new book uncovering her grandmother's secret queer identity
In Gayla Turner's debut book, Don't You Dare: Uncovering Lost Love (BookBaby, May 24), she reveals her Grandmother Ruby's (1896-1977) century-old secret queer identity that she hid from the wider world. This revelation became c ...

Gay News

Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith named to Time100 List
-- From a press release - St. Petersburg, FL — TIME named Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith to the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.