Showing posts with label South Africa. Show all posts
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September 21, 2018

After Trump's Statement to Investigate How Blacks Have Acquired Land on South Africa: “Thank you!”David Duke

  South Africa you ask? Whites+Land+Diamonds=$Billions$Trump's Interest got awaken

President Trump embraced a longtime white-nationalist talking point when he tweeted about alleged “large scale killing” of white farmers in South Africa, drawing praise Thursday from white nationalists and protests from anti-racism groups in the U.S.
“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers,” Trump tweeted Wednesday night. Appearing to quote a Tucker Carlson segment on Fox News, Trump wrote the “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” South Africa’s government immediately protested Trump’s remark, writing on Twitter that “South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.”
Trump’s tweet drew applause from white nationalists in the U.S., who have strongly supported his presidency due to his tough stances on immigration and his past reluctance to denounce far-right figures.

“Thank you!” tweeted David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, later adding an image that said, “Stop White Genocide,” with the hashtag #SouthAfrica. Duke has strongly praised Trump in the past, including after last year’s violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., when Trump struggled to criticize white nationalists who clashed with anti-racism protesters.
Land reform is a complicated issue in South Africa, and violence is also a serious problem. But experts say white nationalists and other far-right figures in the U.S. and abroad have conflated the issues to push a message of “white genocide” happening in South Africa.
The claim had long percolated on the far-right before appearing on Fox News and in the White House, which is what made its sudden appearance on Trump’s Twitter feed striking to anti-racism groups.
“This is a white supremacist talking point,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement on Twitter. “For years they’ve campaigned to stop ‘white genocide’ in South Africa & made false claims about race-based killings of white South African farmers.” 

For decades, South Africa has struggled to correct the legacy of apartheid, in which a white ruling minority — the descendants of European colonialists — had denied black South Africans various rights and access to farmland.
Today, black South Africans make up 80% of the population but own just 4% of the country's land. The government, dominated by the African National Congress since 1994, has pursued policies seeking to transfer white-owned farmland to black owners, often meeting failure.
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has suggested amending the constitution to allow uncompensated seizures by the government.
South Africa has a high overall homicide rate compared to other countries, and farmers have sometimes been victims of violence. But a recent report by a consortium of agricultural associations said that the number of farmers killed from 2017 to 2018 — 47 — was actually at a 20-year low.
The issue has been closely followed in the U.S. by white nationalists and far-right figures, who have hyped stories of black-on-white violence in South Africa, as they often do in the U.S., to help push their political messages about the need for white power.
“Opening up space to talk about White South Africans — giving his base the permission to seriously discuss White dispossession — is a monumental achievement,” tweeted Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist.
Spencer added a caveat: “I'll remain critical of all this because Trump is effectively live-tweeting Fox News, and he has simply not been effective at implementing policies that reflect his defining ideas.”
South African experts and political figures largely denounced Trump’s “large scale killing” tweet.
"People are not being targeted because of their race, but because they are vulnerable and isolated on the farms," Gareth Newham, head of the crime and justice program at the Institute for Security Studies in the capital, Pretoria, told the Associated Press.
"He is part of the right-wing lynch mob using the fear factor in order for us to maintain the status quo," Zizi Kodwa, a member of the ruling party's national executive committee, told the Associated Press. "Donald Trump is a weapon of mass destruction."
A former U.S. ambassador to South Africa under the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard, accused Trump of using a “disproven racial myth” to distract the public from the recent guilty plea and criminal conviction of close political associates Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.
But AfriForum, a group that represents some white South African interests, welcomed Trump’s tweet.
"Everyone in South Africa should hope that the pressure from the USA will lead to the [ruling party] reconsidering the disastrous route that they want to take South Africa on," AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement, according to the AP.

April 28, 2018

Nakhane Thought He Would Not Face Death Threats for Playing a Man in Same-sex Relationship in 'The Wound'

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 Nakhane says he 'never expected to face death threats for playing a man 
in a same-sex relationship' in movie 'Inxeba The Wound'

 Reuters -LONDON - It was the level of hate from his own Xhosa community that took South African gay artist Nakhane by surprise.

He never expected to face death threats for playing a man in a same-sex relationship in a movie The Wound, which unfolds in the secret world of a Xhosa male initiation ceremony - but it was the setting that appeared to anger people the most.

“I know my people because I come from them and I know about the passion they have about protecting this part of the culture,” Nakhane, 30, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview in London, where he is currently living.

“But I didn’t know it was going to be as violent as it became.”
The actor, who underwent the month-long Xhosa circumcision ritual at the age of 20, said his own experience was similar to that shown in the film, including having other men make sexual advances on him during the bush retreat.

South Africa is generally regarded as supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and is the only African country that has legalised gay marriage.

However, being openly gay can be taboo, particularly among traditional communities.
Although the movie has won several awards at film festivals in London, Durban and Palm Springs, it is the dialogue it has sparked around LGBT issues in South Africa that Nakhane is most proud of.

“This film became what it became because of those conversations,” he said. “Suddenly the volcano just (erupted) and it takes the right time, right film, right thing, for it to happen.”


It was only when Nakhane’s life fell apart five years ago that he was finally able to accept he was gay.
Homeless and broke, the up-and-coming South African actor and singer had just released his first music album, a deeply personal account of his life.

“I was just so tired of hating myself every day. I was exhausted. And from that point in time, it took me about two years really to not be afraid anymore,” he said.

“I call it the moment where my life literally fell apart: when I’d left the church, I was living with friends, I was homeless to all intent purposes. I had nothing. I had nothing to lose.”
In London, he spends his time in recording studios and rehearsing with band members for upcoming shows in Europe.

Although Nakhane does not see himself as an activist, his work as an actor and musician is attracting acclaim and putting him under the spotlight.
His second album, which came out in March, blends traditional sounds with soulful melodies, and reflects on his childhood and teenage years. 

“With this album, I felt like I needed to go back to my formative years,” he said. “Going back to my formative years meant going back to some traumas and some joys.”
Some of the scars are still evident and Nakhane says it is taking time to get used to living in the British capital.

Simmering tensions over his film mean it will be some years before he can return to visit his family in the Eastern Cape.

He does, however, plan to go back to South Africa in the future and says he is not afraid.

“How much worse can it get than someone detailing to you how they want to kill you?” he asked.

"You can either slink down and die from that or you can be even more defiant. If anything, those people made me stronger."


The film was rated as 'Restricted' and stopped from distribution by a court in South Africa because it was ruled as pornographic (only because there was same sex relations). Below you can read the reversal of that decission.

JOHANNESBURG - The producers of the South African film Inxeba: The Wound has welcomed the overturning of its reclassification and say they're now preparing for the official review process later this month.

The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday overruled the Film and Publication Board's (FPB) decision to reclassify the movie to X-18 after the film’s producers and distributor brought an urgent application to put the film back on the circuit.

Inxeba was reclassified last month - putting it in the same category as pornography and banning it from cinemas around the country.

Partner at Webber Wentzel attorneys, Dario Milo, says the return of the film to cinemas is an incredible victory.

“The X-18 classification effectively banned the film from all mainstream cinemas… and one could only get the film at licensed adult premises. It’s the first film, to our knowledge, that is nor pornographic in nature that has been classified as X-18.”

Producers of the film have also applied for a review of the decision by the FPB’s appeal tribunal to rate the film X-18.

Helen Kuun of Inxeba's production company Indigenous Films says the review process already took place in three weeks’ time ending March 28.

March 10, 2018

The Film "Wound" is Back in South Africa After Being Stopped Because of an Adult Rating

Are you Wounded?

 The wound referred by the film is circumcision which even today these kids are taken out to camps to become a man and the process is to wound them, cut their foreskin and these are not surgeons doing the cutting. It is more like the Hebrew religion which subjects these kids to this barbarity. They do this in the name of tradition. Adam

Oscar short-listed LGBT drama “The Wound” returned to South African theaters Friday, weeks after its local release was cut short when the country’s film board slapped it with an adult rating.

A high court ruling Tuesday overturned the earlier decision by the Film and Publication Board’s Appeal Tribunal, giving the controversial film a pending 18-and-over restriction until the matter returns to court March 28.

Members of the Xhosa community object to the movie’s depiction of their traditional initiation ceremony for men. Critics say the protests are driven by homophobia. A last-ditch effort by the National House of Traditional Leaders to prevent the “The Wound’s” return to theaters was shot down early Friday, with a high court judge ruling that “the public has a right…to see a [film] of this nature.” 

Producer Cait Pansegrouw hailed the decision, which she called a “temporary victory.”

“It is still rated 18,” she said, citing the “unlawful reclassification” of a film that was originally deemed suitable for audiences over the age of 16. “This is no longer a fight for [‘The Wound’]. This is a fight for the freedom and rights of all South African artists and filmmakers.” 

South Africa Film Board Slaps 'The Wound' With Over-18 Adult Rating
The film board’s reversal last month, which gave the movie an X18 rating, restricted screenings to “designated adult premises,” a move it said would “protect children from exposure to the disturbing and harmful material.” The decision came in the wake of months-long protests led by Xhosa traditional leaders against the film and followed violent protests that disrupted its local premiere.

Since bowing at Sundance last year, “The Wound” has won over audiences and critics with its frank exploration of sexuality, masculinity and cultural identity. Racking up a string of local and international awards, it was short-listed for this year’s foreign-language Oscar and earned eight nominations at the South African Film and Television Awards.

Reacting to the ruling earlier this week, Prince Manene Tabane, of the Council of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, rejected the notion that his group was opposed to the film’s LGBT themes.

“Homosexuals have the constitutional right to exist in the country,” he told local media. “They are in our rural areas, they have a right to life and we don’t want to harm them. The issue is that no one should be allowed to go to the sacred place to practice their own thing. They must go with the view of doing what they are told.”

Director John Trengove called the return to cinemas “a vindicated victory for the film,” but added that “the South African film and arts community still deserves to hear a real explanation of how the tribunal arrived at such an embarrassing violation of our legal and constitutional rights in the first place.”


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February 6, 2018

Circumcision and Gay Love Sparks Controversy On Movie"The INXEBA/The wound"

Secrets brought to the big screen. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)
The creators of Inxeba/The Wound always knew the film would be controversial. A hidden gay romance set in the secretive world of a traditional initiation school for Xhosa boys, the film sparked outrage long before it was re
Secrets brought to the big screen. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)

The creators of Inxeba/The Wound always knew the film would be controversial. A hidden gay romance set in the secretive world of a traditional initiation school for Xhosa boys, the film sparked outrage long before it was released.

The film’s weekend release on Feb. 2 in cinemas around the country led to protests and some cinemas pulling the film after staff members were threatened. The producers persevered, with no major incidents taking place, except for the public debate on masculinity, cultural appropriation and the lengths communities have to go to protect their traditions. The knee-jerk response to the film, the first South African film  available on Netflix, is mostly linked to media coverage describing it as a gay love story among initiates, but the film is much more than that. The film’s producers argue that anyone who actually sees it and engages with its subject matter would immediately understand this. It follows the story of Xolani, played by musician and author Nakhane Touré, a lonely factory worker who also acts as a caregiver to initiates while they are isolated from society in the bush.
An openly gay city boy is Xolani’s charge this season, threatening to reveal Xolani’s own unspoken truth. Kwanda’s expensive sneakers and his insistence on wearing a nose ring along with his traditional initiates garb challenges notions of traditional masculinity in this rural setting, while his constant clashes with the other initiates openly question what it means to be a Xhosa man. Among the complex set of characters is Vija, a man trapped by his own traditions and social expectations of who must be as a man.
Critics argue that the film threatens to reveal the secrets of ulwaluko, Xhosa initiation rituals that are purposely shrouded in mystery. Each year, thousands of South African boys undergo circumcision as a rite of passage across several different cultures.
The age-old practice has come under modern scrutiny for initiate deaths at the hands of unscrupulous practitioners. While there have been attempts to regulate the practices, and modernize the tools and aftercare used, the vast majority of South Africans know few details of what goes on in the mountain. Most proponents of initiation believe that’s exactly how it should stay.
While the film is set among the temporary huts of the initiates (which will be burned down once they are men), it depicts little that is not already known by the public. The circumcision that marks the initiation process is dealt with sensitively, but it is not the center of the film, neither is it fetishized as those outside of the culture have done before.
Instead, its questions about manhood and being gay in South Africa are what drive the story in a country where same-sex marriage may be legal, but homophobic murders are rarely adequately prosecuted. This is also not the first time LGBTQI rights have been discussed within this rite of passage. It isn’t even the first time the process has been publicly discussed, as former president Nelson Mandela described his own experience in his bestselling memoir Long Walk to Freedom.
Critics of the protests have further questioned the selective outrage of the demonstrators. Protestors, including the Xhosa king, say it reveals the jealously guarded secrets of a tradition that has managed to endure oppression and modernization. If a story like this is to be told at all, whose right is it to tell that story, argue critics who see the film as the appropriation of Xhosa culture.
“It is not okay to subjectively delve into traditions and practices you are not a part of under the guise of sparking debate and engagement,” write Lwando Xaso and Zukiswa Pikoli, directly addressing John Trengrove, the film’s director. “It is not your place because you are not speaking as a member of that society.” Trengove is a white South African.
In what is one of the more sound criticisms of the film, the two Xhosa women writers argue that it was not the place of a white man to tell this story. That Trengrove wrote the screenplay with author Thando Mgqolozana, a black man who also happens to be the founder of an all-black literary festival, is seen as a “cheapening of our people,” they argue. 
Inxeba/The Wound has sparked a lot of conversations that is prompting more publicity than the low budget film could have hoped for, but it has been a painful experience for the producers and stars, who have endured death threats. In spite of this, it has managed to do what good art should: evoke uncomfortable but necessary conversations. Preventing screenings of Inxeba/The Wound won’t silence those questions.

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November 3, 2017

Two Male Lyons Teach onlookers How they do it-Any questions Australia?

 These two Lyons block traffic in the park reservation in South Africa not giving a hoot of who is watching or if they believe in gay sex, marriage or all the other stuff humans put on the way of two loving human creatures. Nature is nature and when you find an important activity like that used for procreation of the species you also find nature putting the brakes on procreation on occasions by having the creatures share each other with out having an offspring coming out of the relationship or encounter.
For these two, they are lovers and I have seen other pictures of them and other Lyons that stick together, play together and have sex together giving the females in the area little attention.
Now , Who made them this way or is it something they chose while they looked at porno or TV?
May be there also Lyon, monkey demons too responsible for this abomination. None of the kids and parents watching were offended. They just caught something that is usually done in private but I guess these two could not wait. I remember the day when I was younger full of testosterone and sometimes .... oh well you know what I mean.

 These two loves (for real) are more private, they are in Australia, a nation voting if on Same Sex couples to see if they could get married, Voting? Who voted for the proposal of this idea to give him that right? Humans are  still so Naive (stupid) and more enlightened nations keep electing people from another era or planet.

AND remember the government is for roads, schools, health, defense, not religious matters. Churches and its pastors and priests: To have you come in and keep them in business by making you at ease about you dying and what is going to happen to the real you once you die (even though no human has ever come back to tell how it is) It seems they are expert on this but if it relaxes somebody billions Im all for it. I do believe is good to believe in something but not at the expense of making other's life miserable.

July 25, 2017

8 Years of Being HIV Undetectable Now a Girl Has Her Virus in Remission

 Some long term undetectable's have seen their virus become totally in remission

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.
Her case was revealed Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave encouraging results from tests of shots every month or two instead of daily pills to treat HIV.
“That’s very promising” to help people stay on treatment, the U.S.’s top AIDS scientist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said of the prospects for long-acting drugs.
Current treatments keep HIV under control but must be taken lifelong. Only one person is thought to be cured — the so-called Berlin patient, a man who had a bone marrow transplant in 2007 from a donor with natural resistance to HIV.
But transplants are risky and impractical to try to cure the millions already infected. So some researchers have been aiming for the next best thing — long-term remission when the immune system can control HIV without drugs even if signs of the virus remain. 
Aggressive treatment soon after infection might enable that in some cases, and the South African girl is the third child who achieved a long remission after that approach.
She was in a study sponsored by the Agency Fauci heads, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that previously found that early versus delayed treatment helped babies survive.
The girl, who researchers did not identify, started on HIV drugs when she was 2 months old and stopped 40 weeks later. Tests, when she was 9 1/2 years old, found signs of the virus in a small number of immune system cells, but none capable of reproducing. The girl does not have a gene mutation that gives natural resistance to HIV infection, Fauci said, so her remission seems likely due to the early treatment.
The previous cases:
 A French teen who was born with HIV and is now around 20 has had her infection under control despite no HIV medicines since she was roughly 6 years old.
— A Mississippi baby born with HIV in 2010 suppressed her infection for 27 months after stopping treatment before it reappeared in her blood. She was able to get the virus under control again after treatment resumed.
At least a dozen adults also have had remissions lasting for years after stopping HIV medicines.
A study underway now is testing whether treating HIV-infected newborns within two days of birth can control the virus later after treatment stops. It started in 2014 in South America, Haiti, Africa and the United States, and some of the earliest participants might be able to try stopping treatment later this year.
Treatment might get easier if two large studies underway now confirm results reported Monday from a study testing a long-acting combo of two HIV drugs — Janssen’s rilpivirine and ViiV Healthcare’s cabotegravir.
Cabotegravir is experimental; rilpivirine is sold now as Edurant and used in combination with other drugs for treating certain types of HIV patients.
After initial treatment to get their virus under control, about 300 study participants were given either daily combination therapy pills or a shot every four or eight weeks of the long-acting drug duo to maintain control. 
After nearly two years, 94 percent of eight-week shots, 87 percent of four-week shots and 84 percent on daily pills had their infections suppressed, with similar rates of side effects.
“The results were good regardless of whether people came monthly or every two months for their treatment. This has important policy implications,” said Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and a co-leader of the conference.
The study was sponsored by the drugmakers. Results were published in the British medical journal Lancet.
Two large studies aimed at winning approval to sell the treatment are testing the monthly shots. Janssen said in a statement that good results from eight-week shots warrant reconsidering the longer approach.
If it works, “this will have a huge impact on how we manage that very important group of people who are not able to access and take drugs on a day-to-day basis,” such as those with mental health or drug abuse problems, said Dr. Steven Deeks, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

Temple University researchers say clinical trials for a technique that wipes HIV from cells' DNA could begin within three years.Video provided by Newsy Newslook

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press

April 10, 2017

A South African Gay Parent and Coach Has Lifted 460-700Lbs

Robert Kearney lifting record from 460-700lbs.

Bement School dorm parent and Deerfield Academy strength coach Robert Kearney is bending bars and breaking stereotypes as the world’s first and only openly gay professional strongman.

“Coming out, hands down, made me a better strongman competitor, because I was more confident in myself,” 25-year-old Kearney said Friday after completing a few warm reps in the squat rack at the prestigious Old Deerfield prep school’s weight room.

Over the next two months, Kearney will go for gold in three international strongman events. First, the Arnold Classic Africa, May 6, in Johannesburg, South Africa; next, The World’s Strongest Man 2017 in Botswana, the week of May 21; and finally, International Strongman Federation’s inaugural competition, June 10, in Austin, Texas.

Athletes who compete in strongman events must complete timed strength challenges, such as dead-lifting cars, tossing kegs, picking up large stone boulders, pulling semi-trucks, and lifting logs overhead.

After announcing he was gay in 2014, Kearney said he received text messages of encouragement and affirmation from internationally recognized competitors like Brian Shaw and Derek Poundstone.

For Kearney, a gentle man with a crushing handshake, massive trapezius muscles and a quick smile, weightlifting “is a therapy, that’s what it is,” which he found as a 17-year-old high school student at Norwich Free Academy, a private school in his Connecticut hometown.

There, a passing substitute teacher noticed him weight-training for football and saw potential. “I started training at his Crossfit gym at 5 a.m. before school,” Kearney said. Soon, he’d “shifted focus” from football “to something else I love, which is lifting and strongman. I realized I was good.”

The intense training paid off. In 2010, Kearney placed second in Strongman Corporation Nationals’ Amateur National Championship. Two years later, he placed second again. Then, in 2013, at age 21, Kearney won the national strongman event — earning his professional strongman card (there are about four given out per year) and launching him into the spotlight.

These days, following a strict four-day, sometimes four-hour training regiment and an up to 6,000 caloric intake, Kearney can log press 460 pounds, dead lift “mid-800s,” squat around 750 pounds, and bench press more than 500 pounds.

Since high school, Kearney has placed second twice at America’s Strongest Man, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in athletic training from Springfield College, and placed first in the 2016 Strongman Champions League Log Lift World Championships in Lithuania — an underdog win.

“After that, it was this ‘aha’ moment,” Kearney remembered. “It was the second day of competition — it was going well, and I was competing against monsters in the sport. I completed 425 pounds. No one expected me to hit that weight.”

The event in Lithuania was also the first time that now fiance Joey Aleixo, a Springfield College graduate student studying occupational therapy, saw Kearney compete in a strongman event. “To see how excited he was, for me — that was a highlight for me in this sport,” he said. Months later in December, on Aleixo’s birthday, Dec. 17, they were engaged.

As a gay man competing in “a world of hyper masculinity,” Kearney sees himself as an ambassador for gay rights “stepping up onto the world stage.”

“We’re reshaping what it is to be a gay man and the concept of what being gay is. That’s a big motivator for me — to show that gay men can compete against the strongest men in the world,” Kearney said, referring to a social media hashtag (#breakingthestereotype) created with Aleixo.

Over the years, Kearney has presented at various activist events, including as keynote speaker at Springfield College’s 2015 Tom Waddell Day celebrating student athletes and Waddell, a university graduate who founded “The Gay Games” in the 1980s.

Especially in strength-training, Kearney said there are strong stereotypes — like that “this idea that every gay man wants to hit on you” — and expectations of what masculinity is that make it difficult for gay men (and anyone who isn’t a specific gender identity) to walk into a weight room.

Unless someone has experienced it firsthand, Kearney said many people “don’t understand the anxiety a gay man has even stepping into the gym.”

Looking ahead, Kearney wants to place in the top five at the Arnold Classic, make the finals at The World’s Strongest Man 2017, and win gold in Austin. “The goal is always to do better than you do in training — hopefully, I’m rested up and stay healthy,” Kearney said.

By Andy Castillo at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. On Twitter: @AndyCCastillo

June 29, 2016

Rugby Team That’s so Gay but Don’t Be Confused it’s just ‘Butch’


Much is said about the importance of tolerance and inclusion in all walks of life. Still, discrimmination is painfully persistent, and this is especially true in sports. While quite a few athletes have come out, raising the profile of LGBT presence and contribution in the sporting world, the truth is that the court, pitch and diamond are still sadly off-limits for many.

Looking to debunk preconceived notions and give all kinds of people an opportunity to play, South Africa’s Jozi Cats have launched an ad campaign that turns stereotypes on their heads. Players were photographed illustrating a homophobic slur with a question mark, thus challenging the term.
Flanker, Desmond Roux; © Werner Prinsloo / Jozi Cats and Havas Village South Africa
The Jozi Cats are an LGBT team that offers a safe environment for individuals to engage in a sport regardless of their sexual orientation and/or expression. But many sports, including rugby, have enough athletes to form gay leagues and even host world cups. International Gay Rugby was established in 2002 to unite the increasing number of teams around the world. Now, the competition culminates in the international Bingham Cup, one of the largest 15 A-side rugby tournaments in the world.

Also established in 2002, the National Gay Flag Football League joined the ranks of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (1991), International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (1987) and North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (1977), among an ever-increasing number of sporting groups. These organizations are all part of a larger movement that offers the community more options. Where once, the local gay bar was the sole place to meet like-minded individuals, the sports arena has provided another venue to do just that in a way that also embraces healthy living.

Beyond LGBT leagues, organizations like Athlete Ally help educate and empower the athletic community to take a stand against homophobia and transphobia at all levels. Allies who have participated in workshops and campaigns include Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and Women’s National Basketball Association, among others.

In 2017 Miami will host World OutGames IV. Many of the best and most promising athletes from leagues around the world will compete for gold. Their very presence will challenge notions and inspire fellow athletes and would-be athletes of all backgrounds.

Likewise, this year’s 8th Bingham Cup — in Nashville, Tennessee — will continue its tradition of challenging stereotypes. The event was named after Mark Bingham, an avid rugby player who died on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11. It is commonly believed Mark may have been one of the people who tackled the terrorists on that flight, preventing it from reaching its target. Pansy?
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