Though Western media used to be egregious with their gay stereotypes, they’ve gotten better over time. Though there are slippages. Here‘s an example. Anyway, gross stereotypes about gay people are generally not acceptable on the airwaves, on TV or in print anymore over here. So what about African media? Let’s take Nigeria. One of my students, Travis Ferland (he’s contributed to AIAC before), interviewed the Nigerian activist Ifeanyi Orazulike earlier this week in New York City about this subject. Video above.
In a separate clip Travis asks Ifeanyi about the relation between Western governments and agencies and agitating for gay rights on the continent. (That issue’s been in the news lately with British prime minister David Cameron’s announcement that his government would tie aid to African countries to their treatment of gays and lesbians.)