By brian | Poverty Jetset February 14, 2010 at 1:05AM
So hard to read another sad story out there in the New York Times, but I couldn't help but be moved. I can't imagine being transgendered even if it were in the middle of downtown Manhattan or London? Berlin? Or what about Mexico City? Tokyo? But jeeeeeeez! Malawi?
Read this story about a truly transgendered person who comes from a rural area of Malawi.
"It began cheerfully enough. But later, gawkers pushed their way inside, some shouting taunts, others just staring through despising eyes. Then the electricity failed. The band stopped playing, and the bride collapsed in tears.
Someone had tipped off a newspaper, The Nation, for this betrothal was extraordinary in a conservative African nation. The resulting front-page story began with the phrase “gay lovebirds,” adding that the chinkhoswe was “the first recorded public activity for homosexuals in the country.” Readers were reminded that homosexuality carried a sentence of 5 to 14 years in prison.
Two days later, on Dec. 28, the couple was arrested on charges of unnatural acts and gross indecency, and they have been in jail since, denied bail ostensibly to keep them safe.
Much of Malawi is riveted by the case..."
From NYT, "The clergy, especially, has accused foreigners of infecting Malawi with sexual Satanism. The Rev. Zacc Kawalala, the leader of the Word Alive Ministry and a member of the national human rights commission, said: 'The West has its gay agenda. It wants to look at Africa and say, ‘If you don’t accept homosexuality, you are primitive.’ But we're not as wicked as the West."