Gay and Transsexual Community in Angola – Part 1

Story Author(s): Canbigando Manuel

News Source: TPA1 (Televisão Pública de Angola)

Publication/Broadcast Date: August 3rd, 2018

Country(ies): Angola

City(ies): Luanda

Original Source Link:

Story Summary:

This sensational hour-long documentary, which aired on Angola’s national TV station TPA1, was the first such report on trans reality in Angola. Part 2 (10 minutes) is here:

Topics: Discrimination, HIV/AIDS, and Sex Work

LGBTQI+ Identities: Gay and Trans/gender nonconforming/gender diverse

Journalistic Issues: Journalistic approach shows clear bias, moralizing, fear mongering, sensationalizing, prejudice, ridicule, etc., Language/terminology is negative/discriminatory/dehumanizing/, LGBTQI+A voices are sufficient, Negative myths/stereotypes are left unchallenged, and Research/context is insufficient or questionable

Rating: 4

Rating Rationale:

Although the journalist lets trans people speak for themselves (which is good), he also misgenders them and reinforces the myth that most trans people are immoral HIV-positive sex workers. The journalist also mixes gay and trans people in the same report, which would have confused viewers. This story had a negative impact on LGBTIQ people who were interviewed and not granted anonymity. Some sources were thrown out of their homes, forced by family members to “be cured”, and discriminated against in the community.

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