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Update On Steven Monjeza And Tiwonge Chimbalanga

The last we heard of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple had broken up and  Monjeza had suddenly become engaged to a woman named Dorothy Gulo just a week after their release from prison was ordered by Malawai President Bingu wa Mutharika. 

6a00d8341c730253ef013483830707970c The Nyasa Times sheds new light on Ms. Gulo:

When Nyasa Times tried to find out about Monjeza’s new sweet heart, it was discovered that she is a prostitute (hooker) who stays in a one roomed apartment behind one of the bars in Chirimba. “Actually the two met at a drinking joint because Steve is an alcoholic,” said (a neighbor). Monjeza’s sister refused to speak to the media but said apart from what the papers said about the new love, there is nothing that the family know about Dorothy. The sister said she feels sorry for Monjeza who she described as a shame to her family.

Meanwhile a gay activist who worked hard to get the couple released while they were incarcerated has spoken out and claims that a re-arrest of the couple is not entirely out of the question.

According to Modern Ghana:

“The couple had been subjected to many death threats and the government had also threatened to re-arrest them if they got back together,” said the London-based human rights campaigner Mr Peter Tatchell, who also doubles as a spokesman for the LGBT rights group OutRage! During the couple's five (5) months incarceration in Chichiri Prison, Mr Tatchell supported and campaigned for their release.

“The pressure has got to Steven. Very understandably, he wants a quit, safe life. This would not be possible if he remained with Tiwonge,” said Mr Tatchell, adding that: “Both would be at risk of violent attack. Some people have threatened to kill them.” He added: “I respect their decision to split. It is up to them.”

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  1. This is the kind of terror that the Wingnuts would like to bring back to America. Celebrate Pride everyone, our visibility is more relevant than ever...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jun 13, 2010 9:35:05 PM


  2. I feel deceived. Next time they come to me with a store about two LGTB people being persecuted I guess I would have my doubts. And it’s not like I don’t get the one being bi or whatever. But one should know the facts.
    Obviously still condemn any persecution based on whatever perceived sexual conduct between consenting adults.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jun 13, 2010 10:04:53 PM


  3. Lexxvs: Actually it sounds like Steven is going into the closet related to fears around safety. I don't think this is about being bi. It would be great if someone could get this couple asylum somewhere that they can continue their relationship in safety.

    Posted by: mike128 | Jun 13, 2010 10:36:51 PM


  4. I suspected something like this would turn up after we got the news of the break-up. It just seemed too quick and resulted in it looking painfully obvious that he is trying to find whatever bit of safety he can to cling to it. Regardless, they are still in danger. We really should find a way for them to get asylum somewhere safe.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jun 13, 2010 11:02:41 PM


  5. My understanding is that this was not a gay couple, but a straight man and a transgender (or intersex) woman.

    However you view it, it's still a queer issue, and they need our support.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 13, 2010 11:20:34 PM


  6. Regardless of the details, it's still a good thing that public pressure was mounted to free them.

    Posted by: niles | Jun 14, 2010 9:27:57 AM


  7. This guy went from fourteen years hard labor to married to a hooker.

    He doesn't seem to have a great deal of options.

    Wish the couple could get out of that country.

    The family ties in the village may be too stong.

    Ah, family values!

    Posted by: mark | Jun 14, 2010 11:39:32 AM


  8. The focus is on Steven, but what has happened to Tiwonge? It is July 27 and this site has the most recent information about the couple, which is exactly nothing about Tiwonge and whether or not she made it to safety. I think it it truly disgusting that even among the hierarchy of the transgender community, no one seems to know or care what has happened to her, whether she is safe, whether she needs assistance or asylum.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 27, 2010 10:49:05 AM


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