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Howling to the moon

The UK’s Diverse Podcast Network has launched a fortnightly podcast where black men explore their sexuality.


Marcella Via


Society is highly gendered. This happens when a country’s norms impose a conduct that represents the dominant model of masculinity and subordinates all individuals who do not conform to these norms.

In too many countries around the world patriarchy is still a real issue and women are subordinate to men. Being homosexual in a male chauvinist country is a whole other story.

Throughout the years, hostility towards homosexuality has grown exponentially. In 1885 for example, the Labouchere Amendment was included in the Criminal Law Amendment Act, openly criminalising homosexual during the Victorian age. This act was used to convict the well-known playwright, Oscar Wilde.

At the same time, social movements started to grow in defence of the rights of homosexual people. In fact, the early proponents of LGBT rights started in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Soon after World War II, homophile movements were revived in different European countries, including Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries as well as in the United States.

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Moreover, in the 1970s, the Gay Liberation and LGBT movements started in the United States, advocating for the equalised acceptance of LGBT people in society.

While these movements became very successful in the western hemisphere, in many countries today being homosexual, bisexual or transgender can still be dangerous, exposing people to violence and abuse.

Between 2014 and 2016, around 18.000 Ugandan LGBT refugees fled the country due to the government’s attempt to introduce an Anti-Homosexuality Act, which at first included the death penalty as a possible sentence.

Similarly, in Nigeria, there is a 14-year prison sentence for homosexual acts and Nigerian members of gay organisations can face 10 years in prison.

The UK’s Diverse Podcast Network was established in 2015 and has been providing a platform for unheard voices that exist in the community. The organisation has launched the project ‘Wolves in The City’, a podcast for black males exploring their sexuality. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, PocketCasts and Castbox.

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