Ed Team

Madonna on Malawi

Filed By Ed Team | May 23, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"I am shocked and saddened by the decision made today by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison.

As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people no matter what their gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation is. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved.

I call upon the progressive men and women of Malawi and around the world to challenge this decision in the name of human dignity and equal rights for all," she said.

--Madonna on the Malawi couple being sentenced to 14 years hard labor


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As nice as it is for her to say something I guess, one of them identifies as a woman. Ugh I am sick of all the misgendering and trans erasure that this story has had in the media both GLBT and non.

http://skipthemakeup.blogspot.com/2010/05/marriage-in-malawi-gay-issue.html

http://questioningtransphobia.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/malawi-couple-sentenced-to-14-years-in-prison-with-hard-labour-for-getting-engaged/

Gee, thanks, Madonna, for erasing trans people from our stories, and ignoring the role of transphobia in this story. One of the partners, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, is a transgender and/or intersex woman, not a man. http://is.gd/clQXN

Paige Listerud | May 25, 2010 10:22 PM

Okay, so Madge is behind the times, much like mainstream LGBT and straight media. She should acknowledge the need for civil and human rights protections for people regardless of gender identity and she should not rely on LGBT media sources or straight media resources for all stories of queer discrimination that come to her attention. She should always try to access transgender sources of information in order to get the whole story and then mold her message accordingly. Perhaps she should also engage in more in-depth reading of transgender topics in order to more fully appreciate the pressures transgender people are under the world over.

On the other hand, does anyone out there think that Madge DOES NOT support transgender people? Does anyone have any evidence that her statement indicates anything other than a mistake? True, she has engaged in trans erasure and since she is bisexual herself, she ought to know how much erasure hurts and must be avoided. But has she ever indicated in any way that she is anti-trans or that her beliefs regarding equal civil and human rights vis a vis LGB people would not be extended to cover transpersons?

Just wanted to know