Afghanistan Kanga Flag

Afghanistan kanga Queer pride flag
Afghanistan kanga Queer pride flag

Afghanistan Kanga Flag

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Kanga Quote translation:

"Bravely claim me, openly want me " - Quote submitted by Tindi Amadi

This is the TRTL kanga honoring Afghanistan's Queer history.

Homosexual acts are illegal and considered extremely taboo in the muslim nation of Afghanistan. In the cities, people convicted of homosexual acts are generally sentenced to prison while the rural or more isolated communities tend to apply Shariah law to anyone caught practicing acts that may be considered immoral under law. Due to poverty and incredibly strict social taboos surrounding sex and sexuality, homosexual acts/tendencies in the country have unfortunately manifested as sexual abuse, pedophilia and prostitution, especially in an illegal cultural practice called "Bacha Bazi" or "Boy Play", where older men take on young boys as sex slaves or "mistresses". It is speculated that the country's intense repression of sex and sexuality has contributed to this illegal practice, and that an open exploration of these topics would help curb the custom and allow Afghans (of all genders and sexualities) to live more fulfilling social lives. It is this hope that Afghans (bravely and openly) claiming their sexual truths would lead to healthier interactions that is captured in the Kanga saying, "Bravely claim me, openly want me"⁣

The kanga also features Nemat Sadat (right) a former professor of political science at the American University of Afghanistan who became the first public figure to come out as gay and campaign for gender freedom and sexual liberation. On the left is Hamid Zaher, a Canadian-based Afghan writer who published a book in 2009 about growing up gay in Afghanistan called "It is your enemy who is dock-tailed".

This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1 by 1.5 metres.

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