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Kenya Bans Cannes-Bound Film Over “Lesbianism”

Wanuri Kahiu, the director of the film “Rafiki,” or “Friend” in Swahili, which is Kenya’s first feature film due to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (BEN CURTIS/AP IMAGES)

In Kenya, gay sex faces up to 14 years in prison. Many countries across Africa have laws against homosexuality, with people facing severe harassment and physical threats. Gay rights are “not of any major importance” in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta told CNN in an interview earlier this month. “I think that there are discerning audiences not only in Kenya but the entire world that are able to judge what’s good and bad and it’s not what’s defined by the Kenya Film Classification board,” the film’s director told The Associated Press. She said she has tried to have the film classified for viewers 18 and above. “It’s limiting freedom expression of artists in the country and hence the growth of the industry,” she added. Kahiu has said in earlier interviews she had been nervous about the film’s reception in Kenya but found support from government authorities and the local film industry. But on Friday, the film board accused producers of changing the original script that was licensed for production and said it “shall pursue the legal means to hold them accountable.” The original script didn’t have romantic scenes between the female actors, the board said. “It is our considered view that the moral of the story in this film is to legitimize lesbianism in Kenya,” the board’s statement said. “Any attempt to introduce and normalize homosexuality in Kenya flies in the face of the law and the constitution and must be resisted.” The board said it met with the director earlier this month and asked her to edit out the film’s “offensive” parts. On Wednesday, the director instead told the board to go ahead and make a ruling, it said. Kenyan gay rights activists quickly raised an outcry, while the Cannes festival shared Kahiu’s comments on Twitter. “Rafiki” debuts at the festival next month. Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission pointed out that the film board’s CEO, Ezekiel Mutua, praised “Rafiki” earlier this month to local radio station Hot 96 FM, calling it “a story about the realities of our time” and “the issues of homosexuality.” In those comments, Mutua said authorities wanted to avoid “a situation where it is nominated and we are not celebrating it here.” The film’s ban comes as Kenya’s High Court has begun hearing arguments in a case that challenges parts of the penal code seen as targeting the LGBT community. The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission argues that the sections are in breach of the constitution and deny basic rights by criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adults. Kenyatta told CNN that the laws are supported by “99 percent” of the Kenyan people. The court on Monday is expected to announce a date for its ruling.  

Taiwan Picks Lesbian Documentary ‘Small Talk’ as Oscar Contender 

Documentary, “Small Talk” has been selected as Taiwan’s contender in the Academy Awards foreign-language film category. Directed by Huang Hui-Chen, the film is “a meditative exploration” into Huang and her lesbian mother’s past as a priestess and absentee parent. The film won the Teddy Award in Berlin earlier this year for best documentary. Other films... Read more »

Zendaya To Receive Gamechanger Award From GLSEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is calling Oakland actress and singer Zendaya a game-changer.

The organization known as GLSEN says it will recognize the 21-year-old entertainer with its Gamechanger Award at a gala ceremony next month.

The executive director of GLSEN says the award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya was chosen for her commitment to social justice.

The star of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and TV’s “K.C. Undercover” used her acceptance speech at last month’s Teen Choice Awards to call on young people to become engaged with current events and to speak up for what they think is right.

Zendaya will receive the Gamechanger recognition on Oct. 20 at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

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Butterfly Pride – Issue #40

Butterfly Pride – Issue #40

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Youtube’s LGBT+ Restrictions

Youtube is a place where you can let your visual creations go wild, whether you’re a vlogger, animator, special effects technician, or a gamer. However, some things have changed on Youtube recently that is restricting people from viewing certain content.

So, let me explain.

Youtube has brought in a restricted mode to allow more users to use the site. For example, high schools that had once…

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Our Spring Writing Contest

Our Spring Writing Contest

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A World Without ‘Women’

A World Without ‘Women’

Warning: This article speaks of Sexism. If you believe this may offend you, please skip the article or proceed with caution.


Take a look around you, look at how much women do in today’s society. For me, I have three woman teachers and one man. My principle is a woman. All of my college teachers last year were women. A large proportion of the writers here, at Live Love Laugh Ranting, are women.

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Butterfly Pride – Issue #39

Butterfly Pride – Issue #39

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Welcome to this month’s issue of Butterfly Pride! We hope you enjoy;


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LGBT+ Fiction

Around five years ago, I came out as Queer – this was a big step for me, and it changed my fiction!

I began writing My Mate when I was fifteen. My Mate was about a Lesbian couple, one being a Vampyre and another being a Demigod.

And now, as a nineteen-year-old, I’m seemingly writing more and more none heterosexual romances; which I quite like, I find Homosexual, Bisexual, Pansexual, etc, a lot…

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