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Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World

August 2005

While Western gay-rights activists celebrate achievements such as legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, the gay communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia are making their own waves. John Scagliotti’s documentary, Dangerous Living, chronicles lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) repression in the Majority World and the growing international movement for equality and tolerance.

The film mainly revolves around the 2001 ‘Queen Boat’ trial of the ‘Cairo 52’ – a group of Egyptian men arrested for perceived or actual homosexuality – but it also does an excellent job of interviewing gay activists from around the world and describing their struggles with homophobia. Dangerous Living also points out how little the Western media covers the atrocities that gays in the Global South have to deal with on a regular basis, while giving a glimmer of hope for what might be to come thanks to brave Southern advocates.

‘We can only go through this world by educating, not by hating,’ says Rodney Lutalo, a gay activist in Kenya who was imprisoned and beaten for his efforts in diversity education. ‘For those who hated me, I forgive them.’

This column was published in the August 2005 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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