The Guardian held a Q&A with Amunjera, 31, and Themba, 30, who are thought to be Namibia's first gay married couple. Although same sex marriage is illegal in Namibia, Amunjera -- Mr Gay Namibia 2013 -- told The Guardian that he believes "the best way you can help somebody is by telling them your story." So, the couple went to neighboring South Africa in April 2013, married and returned to Namibia to advocate for LGBT rights.
Homophobia and transphobia are common throughout Namibia, which is why Amunjera says he is planning to set up a local support group in his home town. "Acceptance begins at home," Amunjera says. "It's all about love, at the end of the day."
According to the Oregonian, unlike other states with court ruled legalization, no one has legal standing to appeal U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling, although anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has made a failed attempt to halt the decision with an emergency stay.
Some of the plaintiffs in the case were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which also played an integral role in a federal judge's decision that struck down Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III in Harrisburg struck down Pennsylvania's 1996 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and also required the state to recognize the unions of those who wed elsewhere. The suit was brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on behalf of 25 plaintiffs.
Jones referenced Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision to end segregation sixty years ago. "In the sixty years since Brown was decided, 'separate' has thankfully faded into history, and only 'equal' remains. Similarly in future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned and replaced simply by marriage," he wrote.
With Jones' decision, Pennsylvania is the 14th consecutive win for same sex marriage in states across the country following the Supreme Court's ruling against a federal law banning gay marriage last year.
"Gordon -- who only went public about his sexuality last month -- was honored at the event ... and afterward wrote, "22 years old now...4 years ago I wouldnt have never imagine my life changing so much and being at the GLAAD AWARDS...IM TRULY BLESSED!!!!" TMZ reported.
Comments on the internet are full of speculation about whether the two are actually a couple, how they met and whether Gordon already has a partner or not.
Gordon, a sophomore starter on the UMass basketball team, came out of the closet as gay in April. Derrick is now the first openly gay and active NCAA Division 1 basketball player.
According to LGBTNation, each candidate holds 40 percent of the vote and Aiken leads by a slim 372 votes. The winner will face off with incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in November.
ESPN says the coveted prize will go to Sam for "his courage and honesty that resonates beyond sports."
Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, will become the first active openly gay NFL player once the draft is complete. Sam says he's honored to receive the award, particularly since it is about courage.
The award is named after Arthur Ashe who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. Ashe then went on to become one of the most important advocates for AIDS awareness.
As an Ashe Award winner, Sam will join an impressive list of courageous people, like Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Cathy Freeman, Nelson Mandela and Pat Summitt.
Tarab says it is a safe social space for queer people from Southwest Asia and North Africa (aka Middle East) of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They seek to create a place where entertainment can intersect with both old and new cultural traditions. It is estimated that each Tarab event is attended by around 100 people.
Why does this matter?
Ultimately, what Tarab provides is an escape from a double life that many LGBT Arab-Americans find themselves living within. Not only does Tarab's new social atmosphere throw a good party; it allows LGBT Arab-Americans an opportunity to bring together multiple cultural identities into one safe space.
"I was craving community because there was this idea that I could only be one identity at a time," said Tarab creator Bashar Makhay.
Many of us can relate to the tense feelings that arise when cultural traditions clash with other senses of belonging.