Mr. Gay World: Less Than Ambivalent, More Than Just a Pretty Face

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South Africa, a country that is attempting to improve upon its gay rights reputation, played host to the Mr. Gay World pageant this year — the first time the competition has been hosted in Africa.

“Same-sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God. When I was growing up, [a homosexual]would not have stood in front of me. I would knock him out.”

Jacob Zuma made this comment on gay marriage in April 2009 – and apologised for it within days. But, while condemning homophobia in Malawi and Swaziland, Zuma also appointed Mogoeng Mogoeng (a man who believes homosexuality can be prayed away) as Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court.

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