gay http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21320/all en Zulu king enrages gay community http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/zulu-king-enrages-gay-community <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Goodwill Zwelithini, king of the Zulu tribe in South Africa, called gay people “rotten.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Perhaps only in South Africa can a leader deliver a homophobic speech wearing a leopard fur outfit and have people take him seriously.</p> <p> Which is exactly what happened Jan. 21, during the celebrations of the 133rd anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana near Dundee.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/king-s-speech-alarms-gays-1.1219002">According to The Witness newspaper</a>, Goodwill Zwelithini, the ruling king of the Zulu tribe, said the following about homosexuality:</p> <blockquote><p> &ldquo;This is something new within the Zulu nation and it needs to be condemned. No matter who you are, if you are doing it, you are rotten.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p> The Royal Household later issued a statement saying it was &ldquo;shocked and dismayed&rdquo; by the &ldquo;reckless translation&rdquo; [from Zulu], <a href="http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/king-s-speech-alarms-gays-1.1219002">The Mercury reported</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p> His majesty was apparently only remarking about today&rsquo;s rampant sexual abuse:</p> <blockquote><p> &quot;During the good olden days, our forefathers dedicated their lives for the good of the nation. Men would go for months in the battles to fight the enemies without their wives but did not harass each other sexually and there were no cases of rape of women,&rdquo; he reportedly said. &ldquo;Nowadays, you even have men who rape other men. This is a clear sign of moral decay. We condemned those involved &ndash; no matter who you are.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p> Homosexuality, of course, is not a new phenomenon in the Zulu culture, otherwise there probably wouldn&rsquo;t even be a Zulu word for gay people:&nbsp;inkonkoni.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s certainly not the first time a Zulu leader has gone on a homophobic rampage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/zulu-king-enrages-gay-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gay Goodwill Zwelithini Homosexuality inkonkoni Jacob Zuma unqingili  Zulu South Africa Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688633 at http://www.globalpost.com On the town in Budapest: Gays hit the straight bar for hetero men http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/gay-bars-straight-men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to Coronita, otherwise known as “the bar where gay men go to pick up straight men.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Earlier this month when I was in Budapest, I accidentally found an after-party place called <a href="http://www.clubcoronita.hu/">Coronita</a>.</p> <p> Among locals, it is casually known as &ldquo;the bar where gay men go to pick up heterosexual men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Apparently, this concept isn&rsquo;t at all unusual.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a straight club,&rdquo; says Akos, a local gay man. &ldquo;But the gays go there around 5 a.m. to pick the men who haven&rsquo;t managed to pick up any women all night, but don&rsquo;t want to go home alone.&rdquo;</p> <p> It&rsquo;s not the first time I was confronted with this kind of &ldquo;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situational_sexual_behavior">situational sexuality</a>,&rdquo; which is fairly widespread in Eastern Europe.</p> <p> I have previously researched the phenomenon of <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/100323/gay-porn-prague">straight men who are &ldquo;gay for pay&rdquo;</a> or <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110517/prostitutes-lesbians-sex-workers">lesbians prostitutes, who make a living by having sex with men</a>. Both instances were heavily aided by drugs, as is -- quite clearly -- &ldquo;the bar where gay men go to pick up straight men.&rdquo;</p> <p> Still, drugs or no drugs, one can&rsquo;t help but wonder: who are these men who &ldquo;haven&rsquo;t managed to pick up any women all night, but don&rsquo;t want to go home alone?&quot;</p> <p> And who exactly are these gay men who prey on the &ldquo;straight scraps?&rdquo; Doesn&#39;t the stereotype have it that gay men are much pickier than heterosexual men and women about who they have sex with?&nbsp;</p> <p> It was the late Christopher Hitchens, who put it best in <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/06/hitchens-201006 ">his memoir, Hitch 22</a>, when he described his 30s this way:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/gay-bars-straight-men" target="_blank">read more</a></p> club gay Hungary situational sexuality Entertainment Europe Offbeat Wanderlust Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:02:29 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5688918 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian nationalists attack Moscow gay bar on international Coming Out Day celebration http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/121012/russian-nationalists-attack-moscow-gay-bar-international- A group of Russian nationalists attacked a Moscow gay bar on Thursday, threatening patrons with broken bottles and guns in an assualt that coincided with International Coming Out Day. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/121012/russian-nationalists-attack-moscow-gay-bar-international-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> gay LGBT Europe Russia Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:16:36 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5722447 at http://www.globalpost.com