Thursday, 27 November 2014

Malawi: Love In Exile

A fascinating essay from The Guardian's new The Long Read section.

Five years ago, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and her boyfriend, Steven Monjeza, were arrested after publicly announcing their engagement - they were later freed after an outcry.

Their story was much distorted; much of the gay media doggedly kept calling them a 'gay couple', even when it came out  that Tiwonge identified as a woman.

And some Westerners - as per - were rather keen to take the credit for their release, while ignoring the work done by campaigners in Malawi.

Well done gayist neo-colonialists!

Chimbalanga was granted asylum by South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town, but her status will be reviewed next year.

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