Monday, October 6, 2008

Persecuted Gay Man Finds Refuge in the BoogieDown

Click here to check out a very inspiring story in today's New York Times by Kirk Semple and Lydia Polgreen.

The article tells the story of a gay man, Pape Mbaye, who was forced to flee his home in Senegal due to persecution related to his sexual orientation. Mr. Mbaye seems to be, as we would say here in the States, quite "fierce" and un apologetic about his flamboyant style. Due to his involvement with a magazine spread about gay marriage in Senegal, he was ridiculed by the national media in Senegal and suffered much abuse at the hands of angry armed mobs.

The United States granted him refugee status based the persecution he has been subject to based on his sexual orientation. Mr. Mbaye has since moved to the BoogieDown, where he lives in a furnished room that he rents for $150 per week.

*Photo courtesy of Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times*


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