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beautiesofafrique:

Uganda gay pride party after anti-homosexual law is overturned

Entebbe (Uganda) (AFP) - Dancing and waving rainbow-coloured flags, Ugandan activists held their first gay pride rally Saturday since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed. ”This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law,” organiser Sandra Ntebi told AFP. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together,” Ntebi said, noting that police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally. The overturned law, condemned as “abominable” by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.

The constitutional court threw it out on a technicality on August 1, six months after it took effect, and the government swiftly filed an appeal, while lawmakers have signed a petition for a new vote on the bill.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. But it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality, and Ugandans are no longer obliged to denounce gays to the authorities

Amid music and laughter, activists gathered at botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, barely a kilometre (half a mile) from the presidential palace at Entebbe, a key town some 35 kilometres from the capital Kampala. ”Some Ugandans are gay. Get over it,” read one sticker a man had pasted onto his face. - ‘Now I have the courage’ -

Ugandan Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhinda said Saturday that state lawyers had lodged an appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court.

"We are unsatisfied with the court ruling," Ruhinda told AFP. "The law was not intended to victimise gay people, it was for the common good." In their surprise ruling last week, judges said it had been passed without the necessary quorum of lawmakers in parliament. Rights groups said the law triggered a sharp increase in arrests and assaults on members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Homophobia is widespread in Uganda, where American-style evangelical Christianity is on the rise. Gay men and women face frequent harassment and threats of violence. On Saturday, however, activists celebrated openly.

"Since I discovered I was gay I feared coming out, but now I have the courage after the law was thrown out," Alex Musoke told AFP, one of more than 100 people at the event. One pair of activists waved a rainbow flag with a slogan appealing for people to “join hands” to end the “genocide” of homosexuals. Some wore masks for fear of being identified — Uganda’s tabloid newspapers have previously printed photographs of prominent activists — while others showed their faces openly and wore colourful fancy dress. But activist Pepe Onziema said he and his colleagues would not rest until they were sure the law was gone for good. ”Uganda is giving a bad example, not only to the region but to the world, by insisting on this law,” he said.

"We are Africans, we want to show an African struggle by civil society."

There was little police presence, and no one came to protest the celebration, even if many in the town said they did not approve."This is unbelievable, I can’t imagine being a gay," said motorbike taxi driver William Kamurasi in disgust."It’s a shame to Uganda. Police must stop these activities of the gays."

- Lawmakers demand new vote -

Critics said President Yoweri Museveni signed the law to win domestic support ahead of a presidential election set for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power. But it lost him friends abroad, with several international donors freezing or redirecting millions of dollars of government aid, saying the country had violated human rights and democratic principles.

US Secretary of State John Kerry likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.

Analysts suggest that Museveni secretly encouraged last week’s court ruling as it provided a way to avoid the appearance of caving in to foreign pressure. But gay rights activists warn the battle is not over.

Lawmakers signed a petition calling for a new vote on the bill, and to bypass parliamentary rules that require it be formally reintroduced from scratch — a process that could take years.

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Now it’s time for the rest of Africa to follow

Homosexuality isn’t illegal in every African country

Anonymous asked: What would you say Dutch cuisine is like?

the-pietriarchy:

a lot of standard western cuisine I think and a lot of potato mashing with stuff

breakfast and lunch is the lamest imaginable it’s just bread with toppings, no waffles or pancakes or whatever

Breakfast at Samesun backpackers hostel in Vancouver.
Watching ppl from sround the world make/prep breakfast in diff ways.
There are a lot of New Zealanders here.

Breakfast at Samesun backpackers hostel in Vancouver.

Watching ppl from sround the world make/prep breakfast in diff ways.

There are a lot of New Zealanders here.

obstreperouscunt:

beautiesofafrique:

Original image of Mami Wata (left); mass produced image of Mami Wata found all over Africa and the Caribbean (right).

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Mami Wata (Mammy Water) is venerated in West, Central, Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America. Mami Wata spirits are usually female, but are sometimes male

The appearance of her hair ranges from straight, curly to kinky black and combed straight back. “Mami Wata” where “Mami” is the Pidgin English spelling of mammy (mother) “Wata” is the Pidgin English spelling of water is essentially a mermaid or humanistic water entity.

Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human). The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (Efik, Ibibio and Annang people). Mami Wata often carries expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches. A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts. Other times, she may try to pass as completely human, wandering busy markets or patronising bars. She may also manifest in a number of other forms, including as a man.] In the Yoruba tradition, the mother goddess Yemaja has been recently associated with Mami Wata in popular culture Traders in the 20th century carried similar beliefs with them from Senegal to as far as Zambia. As the Mami Wata traditions continues to re-emerge, native water deities were subsumed into it.

According to Bastian, Mami Wata’s association with sex and lust is somewhat paradoxically linked to one with fidelity. According to a Nigerian tradition, male followers may encounter the spirit in the guise of a beautiful, sexually promiscuous woman, such as a prostitute. In Nigerian popular stories, Mami Wata may seduce a favoured male devotee and then show herself to him following coitus. She then demands his complete sexual faithfulness and secrecy about the matter. Acceptance means wealth and fortune; rejection spells the ruin of his family, finances, and job

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This cosmology is so brilliant in so many ways. In stark comparison I lament the globalising male-deity monotheism that is the white supremacist expression(s) of Christianity :(

(Source: hoodoo-seed, via beautiesofafrique)

tokyo-fashion:

The Dish published a short article on this confusing western “Kimono” trend. I don’t understand how cardigans became “kimono” in the first place?

tokyo-fashion:

The Dish published a short article on this confusing western “Kimono” trend. I don’t understand how cardigans became “kimono” in the first place?

talktotheseer:

I really hope people don’t take Vikings as fact because VIKINGS IS NOT ACCURATE! Ragnar and Rollo were not related, Bjorn was Aslaug’s son, Horik outlived Ragnar. I could go on. Do not think that because it is on History Channel, it is factual. Have you seen History’s program lineup? It’s really more like fanfiction based on the sagas. What I hope though is that the show makes people more interested in reading about the sagas and Viking culture and not just believe what they see on the show.

Send your Vikings confessions here. 

talktotheseer:

I really hope people don’t take Vikings as fact because VIKINGS IS NOT ACCURATE! Ragnar and Rollo were not related, Bjorn was Aslaug’s son, Horik outlived Ragnar. I could go on. Do not think that because it is on History Channel, it is factual. Have you seen History’s program lineup? It’s really more like fanfiction based on the sagas. What I hope though is that the show makes people more interested in reading about the sagas and Viking culture and not just believe what they see on the show.

Send your Vikings confessions here

fotojournalismus:

Dmitry GombergAkrak Vazha (The Shepherd’s Way)

Artist’s statement: 

"This is a story about Tusheti - mountain region in the Republic of Georgia. Tusheti lies near the Chechen border and it is culturally closer to Chechens than to Georgians.

The story is about shepherds who travel every summer to their ancestors’ land Tusheti and than return to spend the winter at the bottom of the mountain. Twice a year they travel with their sheep through the pass in the Caucasus which is 3,000 meters high. 

I was staying and documenting life of the Shepherds in the Caucasus mountains for 5 years. These people have been cheese makers since before Christ. Their life is simple and harsh, but beautiful.”

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I saw him on Tinder…

—Ryan, whispering to me as we walk through Target. (via acupofsubtletea)

proivy:

cliterallysame:

this is my favorite video on this website

THESE ARE THE RULERS OF THE WEEABO KINGDOME

(Source: lindsaychrist, via the-pietriarchy)

"Men don’t like it when women wear …" who cares? who cares? who the fuck cares?

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