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Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga Separated

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Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple convicted of "gross indency" and "unnatural acts" for holding an engagement ceremony and sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor, have been dealt more grief:

"Evance Phiri told The Associated Press Wednesday that Tiwonge Chimbalanga is being held at a Blantyre prison, while his partner Steven Monjeza is at a prison some 50 miles (90 kilometers) away. Phiri says they were separated for their own safety, but did not elaborate. They were convicted last week and sentenced to the maximum 14 years at hard labor. Maxwell Manda told the AP his cousin, Chimbalanga is distraught because of the separation. Manda says Chimbalanga is being kept away from hardened criminals. He adds his cousin wants to leave Malawi once he is released."

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  1. christ, is there truly nothing we can do to help these men? Hillary, I'm looking at you.

    Posted by: wtf | May 26, 2010 3:14:59 PM


  2. It's still being ignored that Tiwonge is a pre-op MTF, so this is a trans/gender identity issue more than a strictly gay issue. Of course, then it wouldn't be covered in the media.

    It makes no difference to the couple, of course, their situation remains the same and it's awful, hurtful and evil and should be covered and protested no matter what.

    But it says something about our priorities and attitudes.

    Posted by: Robert | May 26, 2010 3:22:52 PM


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