Guinea Conakry’s Invisible LGBT+ Miners

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Balandogou, Guinea Conakry (Accredited Times) – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of poor black men coming to work in gold mines on mules, it was the age of rich white shareholders of gold mines going to the golf course in their Ferraris, it was the epoch of Non-binaries being pronoun-mislabeled, it was the epoch of LGBT oppression, it was the season of being triggered, it was the season of social justice. The reign of  Alpha Condé was in its twilight and a faint light was beginning to creep up on Guinea Conakry. The light had a name, which the people would whisper to each other as though it had a spiritual power. And the name of the light was Abu.

Vitor Catarino, major shareholder of the gold and diamond mines in Guinea Conakry, and his Ferrari.

It is 6am in Balandogou, and I am sharing breakfast with a humble mine worker. Though born as Miriam Toure, the person sitting before me eating fried chicken wings now identifies as Ousmane Toure. Ousmane tells me of the deep personal distress he felt as a child, knowing he was a man trapped in a woman’s body.

“I no longer know who Miriam is”, he declares. Although my parents and family have now disowned me and I am on medication and anti-depressives, the truth is that I have never been happier.”

Tragically, the shoddy wages Ousmane earns at the gold mine due to his low productivity (he is significantly weaker physically than his fellow workers) means he has never been able to have gender reassignment surgery. I steal a glance to confirm this: his breasts are indeed more ample than those of the most obese American male I have ever met.

Ousmane laments, “we Guinea people suffer greatly. Especially transgender like me. We not want Alpha Condé no more, no sir”

He starts to scratch something in the baked earth floor with a chicken bone, but it’s indecipherable. I decide to probe more into his life story and the future  for LGBT people like him.

“Isn’t the answer”, I suggest, “for western companies to invest in Guinea Conakry, develop the rich mineral resources, pay royalties, and then enrich the country that way? Presumably you’d get free health care and reassignment surgery then?”

Ousmane raises a sculpted eyebrow but says nothing. I have his attention and so push on. I tell him about 2020 presidential candidate Abu Berete, his radical policies, his firm desire to do ‘good things’ and avoid ‘bad things’ and his openness to offer no bid contracts to certain corporations “provided the terms are right”.

At this, Ousmane laughs cynically before staring at me. I feel deeply uncomfortable.

“Corruption”, he says, “It runs through Africa like blood. You not get me started on progressive issues. I no care who becomes president, we LGBT people will always be spat on in a conservative society like Guinea Conakry.”

“Are there many of you? LGBT miners, that is?”

Then Ousmane astonishes me by claiming “up to 70%” of the workforce is either L, G, B, or T, not to mention the minor attracted. Afterwards, I’m not sure why I found this statistic so surprising. This is comparable with the United States based on the media coverage devoted to LGBT issues, which is surely a reliable proxy for the underlying population.

Shockingly, Guinea Conakry is centuries behind even Trump’s America when it comes to LGBT issues.

Article 325 of the Guinea Penal Code States that: ‘Any indecent act or act against nature committed with an individual of the same sex will be punished by imprisonment of six months to three years and a fine of 100,000 to 1,000,000 Guinean francs. If the act was committed with a minor under 21 years of age, the maximum sentence must be pronounced. If the act was consummated or attempted with violence or attempted violence, the guilty person will be condemned to five to ten years of imprisonment.´

Ousmane needs Berete now if this is what he has to put up with. But Ousmane isn’t done yet, he still has plans to self-finance his reassignment surgery. “Next year”, he says.

“How will you be able to afford it if the mining wages are so low?” I ask

“Sex tourism”, Ousmane answers matter of fact. “As a surgically non-reassigned male, you be amazed at level of interest.”

He shows me a photo of a scrawny, old, thin looking white man wearing a multi-colored wig, closely resembling a “bronie” I think.

“This man”, says Ousmane with a disdainful look on his face, “pays to be ‘impaled’ and be treated as ‘meat on a stick’. I use a big chicken bone like this as a strap on. Don’t ask me his name, he is strictly anonymous. But he pay me much money.

I leave Guinea Conakry deeply disturbed at the country’s ongoing oppression of its LGBT miners. Ordinary people like Ousmane. But there is hope on the horizon, a light called Abu.

Black Lives Matter

Wow. This article literally had me in tears. Ousmane’s story needs to be told to everyone. Alpha Conde is such a disgrace — he has no respect for the people of Guinea, let alone Guineans in the LGBTQ+ community.

The anonymous white male described in the article makes me sick. He should be euthanized.

Shitty
Shitty

One idiotic apes-focused article after another. do you really think anybody cares about freaking guinea? i’m leaving

Abu
Abu

And that is why AT will be the only hope for the Guinean people

Gerald
Gerald

Hi Anon

I think it is clear to me that this website is just a hobby to mock progressives. Shameful, but to be expected by the alt-right.

Why you bother to troll alt-right trolls with alt-right propaganda is a mystery to me. Some deep psychological concerns can be found on this site and helps explain why Drumpf is president.

#anti-journalism

Abu
Abu

I want to put like here Mr.Anon because you are very right about one thing, that the people in Guinea Conakry are not reading this article. they don’t have the electricity if you don’t have electricity in your country, you can not create jobs and economic growth, education and all the public well being. Like human services and public lawyer and teachers and police force to be changed because just because you are carrying a gun, and the civilians don’t, doesn’t mean that you should violets their freedom everybody must obey and respect one another. As long as you don’t violet any body’s right because of race, gender, education, protection, employment, family, property, laws and no corruption for whatsoever reason. You can choose to be what ever you want to be just to bring productivity in our world. No discrimination.

Black Lives Matter

Conde is to blame. Seven years — no results.

Abu
Abu

That is why I really need your strong support to deliver those poor people from the darkness.

Abu
Abu

Change is the only constant thing in life.

Abu
Abu

My case will be different Mr. Mohamed the Great.

Abu
Abu

I’m not the Guinea Equatorial dictator, I am me , and I am very unique from everybody. Mohamed the Great, I hope you understand what I am trying to say.

Abu
Abu

We will let the world hear his story BLM. In fact he is not alone. Even there are many people who have lost so many loved one because the doctor will not touch the patient if they don’t have the money to pay for the deposit of the hospitals bill. And those patients will die right before your eyes because of poverty and they are sitting on top of everything in natural resources that we need to solve the problems. And we can even do what most of the develop countries are doing. Like China right now building new cities everywhere in China. That is good because of course their new generation will not live in dirty places so those new infrastructure in China will someday make them even the most powerful country in the world’s economy. Despite the fact that China and the United States are the two leading in economic growth in the world, I think it is the best time for AT to stand behind me so that Guinea Conakry can also start. I mean other countries are competing among with one another just to see who have the powerful nuclear weapons testing everyday, things like electric car computers, Internet, stadiums, hotel for Mr. Anon just the way he wants it like here in the United States or Dubai. You know when a leader of any country who always put everybody first instead of their own one country, that is when people will always be wicked to one another because no one will be sharing and division will take place. And we should all protect our neighbors among us when they need help. Joining hands together will only bring peace in this world we are living.

Black Lives Matter

I’m in tears again, Abu. There is so much tragedy here — yet so much hope. I haven’t felt this emotional since the Charlie Gard case. Once you serve your two terms as Guinea’s President, I hope you seriously consider U.N. Secretary-General.

Abu
Abu

If I can bring everyone together in this world to live in peace and happy, I will not run for president. In fact been a president is a lot of works because you are now carrying the full responsibility to lead the people the way it is best for them. Yes any thing that is concerning about bringing people together with happiness and peace, the heavenly file will start right here on this earth. And that is what I must do.

Abu
Abu

I don’t know what you are talking about.

Abu
Abu

Ok. I know what you are talking about Mohamed the Great.

Black Lives Matter

Muhammad the Great (a.k.a., Anon) is taking the article out of context. The EXPERTS said that Charlie Gard was suffering, yet so-called “pro-lifers” wanted to continue to torture him to death. I may have gotten a bit overly emotional about the white babies thing, but the point is that the experts had spoken — and the only reason the baby was suffering was because they wanted to “protect” a white baby. They don’t give a DAMN about black babies.

MillionDollarBonus

Fantastic journalism Pbier! I’m so grateful for your willingness to travel to Guinea, which has a crime problem due to poverty and the school-to-prison pipeline, and get this amazing scoop! It’s absolutely disgusting that people like Anon are exploiting these poor helpless transgender people. I guess they need the money, but Anon really is one sick individual.

MillionDollarBonus

Yes you have – on that poor Guinean transgender! You should be ashamed of yourself!

MillionDollarBonus

Good news everyone. The NSA has finally uncovered Anon’s real identity, and has sent us a picture, which we’ve added to his avatar so that everyone can see who this sick freak really is.

Black Lives Matter

Anon is one sick freak. On the exterior, he looks like a harmless brony. But in the interior, he is a rabid Nazi/Trump/Putin supporter.

MillionDollarBonus

Yes, he may look harmless but he’s not. He’s a menace to progressives and a source of constant triggering on this site. Many of our readers have had to get toddler therapy as a result of the severe emotional trauma his posts have caused them.

Abu
Abu

Please take it easy on BLM . He will gradually wake up one day and know what you mean.

Abu
Abu

That’s great. But he doesn’t look bad at all. He’s happy and smiled. That’s the way it has to be Anon. Good job.

MillionDollarBonus

Don’t let the smile fool you Abu. He’s a very hateful person deep down.

Abu
Abu

Ok MDB thanks for the wakeup call. I will not let him. Until he proved himself to debate with you MDB. And if he loose, then we will laugh at him.

Abu
Abu

Thank you so much P.bier. I really appreciate what you are doing for me. I mean letting people know the truth. Because most people don’t know.

Abu
Abu

Who’s going to be Anon the third?

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

Hilarious.

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

I’ll support Abu if he will agree to take 10 cargo planes of illegal aliens deported from the great state of Texas.

Abu
Abu

You are on point sir. Every refugees from any country in this world. It doesn’t matter if deported from great Texas or any part of the world. All I want is everybody in this world to be happy at least let the people have employment and have a good education for their children so that everybody will be happy and reduced the complaints all the time about the world government system.

Alpha Condé
Alpha Condé

Malheureusement, cet article ne reflète pas la réalité dans notre beau pays. Les mines sont très rentables et les ouvriers travaillent dans de bonnes conditions. Merci.

#russian-propaganda

MillionDollarBonus

Piss off Alpha – we know you’re working for the Russians!

Alpha Condé
Alpha Condé

Nous travaillons non seulement avec nos amis russes mais aussi en étroite collaboration avec d’autres corporates selon un schéma de ‘no bid’ (pourvu bien évidemment que les clauses contractuelles nous conviennent).

#russian-propaganda

MillionDollarBonus

Your time is up Alpha. The people of Guinea want change, and Abu is the voice the of people.

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