Mr. Gay World comes to Africa, where gay rights activists have been threatened, killed

  • metta

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    Apr 08, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    Mr. Gay World comes to Africa, where gay rights activists have been threatened, killed


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/mr-gay-world-comes-to-africa-where-gay-rights-activists-have-been-threatened-killed/2012/04/08/gIQA5Ufs3S_story.html
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    Apr 09, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Proud to be a gay South African, I hear the contest was amazing.... The rest of Africa will slowly catch up, Namibia is an example of that...
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    Apr 09, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    Gay Activist can been seen in the same light as Missionaries. Their message not welcome, nor what they want to force on others. This can pit both in the line of danger going to places they are not welcome.
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    Apr 09, 2012 9:13 AM GMT
    A contest like that has potential to celebrate some real positive role models out there, like the contestants from Africa, who are literally putting their lives on the line to create change.

    Sadly, it looks like it mostly is just a beauty pageant. Outsports has a similar writeup with a few more details, and links to the pageant website.

    http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2012/04/08/new-zealands-andreas-derleth-wins-2012-mr-gay-world/

    OutsportsIt is amusing to see the scoring criteria for the pageant, and find that answering an LGBT history test counted for 5% of the total, the sports segment for 10% … and the swimsuit part for 20%.


    Also, Formal Wear for 10%, National Costume for 5%, and Photo Shoot for 10%.

    So 55% of the score is based on looks and athletics, 30% on a "panel interview" - where I'm guessing their charisma and charm count for more than the content of what they have to say, and then 10% total on a history test and Outreach. The 5% Admin score is basically "how well did they submit their paperwork" - really?

    I get it that the messenger should be charismatic and nice to look at or people won't want to hear the message. Unfortunately, the score weights are so skewed to that end, it's a joke.
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    Apr 09, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    A good friend withdrew from this competition because his mother was threatened. Zimbabwean government 'authorities' phoned her in her work and 'suggested' it would be better if her son withdrew.

    http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/zimbabwe/10717-zimbabwean-pulls-out-of-mr-gay-world-2012.html