Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tomorrow on Oprah: Gays Around the World

It's rare for a highly-rated national television show in the United States to turn its attention to the situation for gays and lesbians throughout the world so when word spread that talk show host Oprah had invited Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil from India as one of the guests for a show on the topic, I wondered who else would be invited and which issues would be addressed (I also wondered if this Joe.My.Blog post had anything to do with this particular show but that just means I read too many blogs).

Well, the show has been taped and will air tomorrow (check local listings).

The webpage for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has this teaser: "One guest was arrested and spent a year in jail. Another says she was so fearful, she moved to a different country. And, a prince's secret was so taboo, it ripped his royal family apart. A look at what it is like to be gay around the world."

A preview available for viewing here reveals that - in addition to the interview with Prince Singh Gohil - she will also interview former NBA player John Amaechi (he was born in the US to a Nigerian father and English mother and raised in the UK), an Egyptian gay man and the great Staceyann Chin (originally from Jamaica, now living in the United States, pictured above).

The tag line in the preview asks: "What if the freedom to be yourself came down to where you lived?" so I assume the focus of the hour will be on international human rights violations against gays and lesbians around the world.

If that's the case, while it's great for Oprah to cover these issues, I would be disappointed since it is only half the story as there have also been tremendous advances in the LGBT rights movement in other parts of the world and, particularly, Latin America.

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