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jackson_irunguJackson Irungu, a gay Kenyan stylist and aspiring singer, was beaten up at a club earlier this week in Nairobi. The reason for his assault is said to be his choice of attire and possibly his sexual orientation. He is notable for coming forward as an out gay man in a CNN program documenting the struggles of gay men in Kenya.

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Who is Cardinal Peter Turkson? Five Things You Should Know

cardinal-turksonSince Pope Benedict XVI gave three weeks’ notice, there has been a lot of speculation about who the next pope will be. One of the major front-runners is Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64 year old Ghanaian  clergyman who was made a cardinal in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and currently serves as the President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. Being ecstatic about having a West African become the next pope and oversee its one billion-strong members, I decided to find out more about this cardinal. Continue reading

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wordle imagoI came across Wordle via The Dad Poet (thank you!) and it’s a web-based application reminiscent of the Tag Cloud that creates an image of the words from a webpage or feed with the most common words appearing in a larger font. It’s very simple and straightforward to use. You can then pick a format that best fits your personality or mood or whatever – apparently this is the most annoying word of 2012 and I totally agree! It generated an image in two seconds but it took 43 minutes before I finally selected an image out of a roll of randomly-generated font and color combinations – was unusually finicky today (I’m suffering from a very primal deficiency). Though I used the three most recent posts, I’m quite surprised (in a good way mind you) at the words that appear the most. I’m trying to feed my entire blog into Wordle but…

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More on Shades of Gay

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I must confess, though I find some TEDx programs and talks enlightening, a lot of them I don’t identify with. I do have the app and will occasionally check it out to see what’s new. This video I got to see via a friend’s recommendation and is one of the more interesting ones. It involves actor/writer/photographer iO Tillett Wright who is on a mission to photograph 10,000 faces across different cities in the US in her project entitled Self-Evident Truths as a way to bring people to see the modern day face of “gay” and challenge them to deny the LGBTQ family rights that are common to all human beings.

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Roger Jean-Claude Mbede just spent a year in prison and may spend two more for the apparently “heinous” crime of sending a text message to a man saying “I am very much in love w/u”. When I start thinking things are getting better, I get reminded that things are really still the same and people can be put in jail for something as harmless as such a text message.

Please sign the petition here. I just did.

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Cover of "Paris Is Burning"

Cover of Paris Is Burning

I got a copy of Paris is Burning 3 years ago, started watching it but stopped after the first five minutes. I finally resumed it a few days ago and completed it. Why did it take me so long to watch an hour long movie? I guess  it was the initial depressing start, seeing those young kids, their stories of being kicked out of their homes, some living in poverty, having to survive on the streets literally and going to those balls  to experience another life, be somebody even if only for a few minutes. It’s not like it was a film penned by some writer: this was real life and I’m glad I went back and completed it.

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