Male Rape Culture
Just when I think I’m going to stop linking to Queerty, they come up with a piece like this. It’s short and simple, and it gets the point across.
“Sexual violence does not discriminate against men,” activist and filmmaker Vanessa McNeal says.
McNeal’s new documentary The Voiceless features the stories of five male survivors of sexual violence and explores the taboos and stereotypes surrounding the abuse. The film has been making the rounds on college campuses and was just made available online at www.thevoicelessdocumentary.com.
If you think men…especially gay men…don’t experience sexual violence and harassment you’re living in a bubble. I know from personal experience it happens, and I still get it on social media at least weekly from some idiot on either Facebook or Twitter. Most of the time I get it from other gay men.
Here’s the rest.
Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov
With all the news we’ve been reading about gays being detained in horrible concentration camps in Chechnya, I think we’ve all been a little curious to know more about the President of Chechnya.
Kadyrov has been President of Chechnya since 2007, although he has held power there for much longer than that. Ramzan’s father, Akhmad Kadyrov, was a high-ranking Muslim cleric in Chechnya; after Russia beat down the terribly violent wars of the 1990’s when Chechnya tried to fight for independence, Akhmad was “elected” president, as approved by the Russian government. But then Akhmad was assasinated in 2004 by persistent Chechen rebels, so now his son Ramzan is in charge. Since Ramzan took over, the fighting for independence has calmed down. And Ramzan is delighted that Chechnya is a Russian republic again.
There’s a lo more here. There are photos of him hugging kittens. But it gives a lot more insight as to what’s going on with gays in that part of the world.
A Gay Father and Son
Even though this is not a new topic to me, I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately. This was a question posted on reddit about a kid who came out to his dad, and his dad had a little surprise for him.
So I turned 17 couple of days back and I told my dad that I’m gay. To my surprise, my dad took it very positively and looked happy. That evening he told me he’s gay too, always been. He says he never cheated on my mom with a guy and got married due to social and family reasons.
Should we tell my mom, what to do?
You can check this one out here.
There are various replies, and a few comments at the bottom. You can see that a lot of people are unfamiliar with the whole topic, and some are just plain dumb.
I think they should tell the mom. That is if she doesn’t already know anyway. I would be willing to bet she’s not going to be that shocked.
The truth is most of the marriages I’ve known personally between a gay man and a straight woman have been happy and they’ve lasted for the long haul.