Namibia: Drag event cancelled amid anti-LGBTQ+ backlash

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05/25/2023

The organisers of Drag Night Namibia have made the difficult decision to cancel their event due to concerns for the safety of the LGBTQ+ community. “Our hearts are heavy as we share the news that our upcoming show cannot proceed due to safety concerns arising from recent events,” stated the organisers on Twitter. “The violent and negative response to the Supreme Court verdict has forced us to prioritize the well-being of our performers and audience.” Drag Night Namibia is a celebration of queer and drag culture in Namibia. The organisers have promised to return “bigger, stronger, safer and more free than ever before.” The Supreme Court of Namibia recently ruled on May 16th that the state must recognise same-sex marriages that are registered in countries where they are legal. This decision was hailed as a historic step forward for the country, which still criminalises homosexuality.

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