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Homo-Politicos Making Progress Abroad

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There’s loads of homo history being made around the world.

Nepalese activist Sunil Babu Pant just became his nation’s first gay politico after winning this week’s Parliamentary election. Four other homos ran, but didn’t quite make the cut. Pant, who founded the Blue Diamond Society, will now work his socially-conscious magic for the Communist Party.

Meanwhile, over in the Czech Republic, Jiří Hromada makes a mark as the nation’s first openly gay Senatorial candidate. The activist gave up his life as an actor two years ago to help lead the Gay Initiative, a queer activist group that shuttered in 2006. Rather than heading back to the stage, Hromada has enlisted in the Green Party and hopes for a big win this fall.

Unfortunately, many of his country men aren’t thrilled with the idea:

Following reports of his nomination, news servers such as Novinky and AktuálnÄ›.cz had to shut down online discussions because they were full of homophobic and vulgar comments. The right-wing extremist National Party immediately issued a press statement branding Hromada a “homosexual deviant.” Despite years of hard work by many gay and lesbian activists, it seemed from such reactions that homophobic feelings are still a part of the national culture…

Yow, that can’t be good for Hromada’s chances. Not even the best strategist can spin anti-gay sentiment…

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           May 1, 2008
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  • 2 Comments
    • Rick Segreda
      Rick Segreda

      The fact that he is clothes catalog handsome only opens up any number of campy puns on his last name: Sunil Babu (makes me) Pant or Sunil Babu (I would love to get into his) Pants…

      But all silliness aside, this is great news for Nepal and Asian queers

      Rick

      May 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      Do these Czech anti-homo people not realize how many of their young men are having sex with other young men for money? The entire country’s practically a gay-porn stud farm.

      May 2, 2008 at 4:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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