Queen Ben Yakumbuyo to Meet Gay Proponent Tony Blair

Ben Lombe alias Queen Ben Yakumbuyo

Queen Ben Yakumbuyo will also have the privilege to meet former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who is in the country for a meeting with President Hakainde Hichilema.

Blair has been a fan of the GLBT community and it remains to be seen what Ben Lombe, a Yakumbuyo shenanigan will present to him.

In 2014, British magazine Gay Times awarded the politician the accolade in an edition marking the newspaper’s 30th anniversary.

He joined a list of 30 other names including actor Ian McKellen, singer Barbara Streisland, and pop icons Boy George and Annie Lennox, all nominated for their influence on the LGBT community.

Tony Blair
Blair, 61, won a landslide victory in a 1997 general election, and was the head of a left-leaning Labour Party government for the next decade.

During his time in office the UK introduced civil partnerships, the lowering of the homosexual age of consent from 21 to 16, and the abolition of the “Section 28” law that banned authorities from “promoting homosexuality”.

“His status as an ambassador of gay rights is undeniable,” said Gay Times. “Legal recognition for trans people, civil partnerships, banning employers from sacking you because of who you love and making homophobia a hate crime – they were all on Blair’s watch.”

Blair welcomed the “gay icon” title, saying he was proud of his work on gay rights, which he considers a part of his legacy.

‘Queen’ Ben Yakumbuyo

“As I was growing up in politics, I disliked the hypocrisy where people had to conceal their own identity. And I saw the pain that they had in their own lives, because they couldn’t be who they were,” Blair said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)


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