This week read about Somizi Mhlongo coming out as pansexual, Lia Thomas breaking the women's swimming records at her school, and the movie "Benedetta" being based on a true story about lesbian nuns.
Celebrity Chef Comes Out as Pansexual
Somizi Mhlongo, a popular media personality and celebrity chef, has come out as pansexual.
The star, who has always identified himself as a member of the LGBT community, made the announcement on “The Braai Show with Cassper Nyovest.” While on the show, Mhlongo shared that he is “tired of the public’s curiosity regarding his sexuality.”
“I was transparent from the onset. I hate always explaining myself. I am not gay, I am a pansexual, I am attracted to whoever I’m attracted to at the time. So even if I meet a beautiful woman now, I’d date her,” he said.
Mhlongo is currently celebrating both his coming out and the announcement that his book “Dinner at Somizi's: I am Not A Chef” has been nominated for the international Gourmand Awards for 2022.
Trans Swimmer Sparks Outrage by Shattering Women’s Records
Front: Lia Thomas. Photo via Penn State.
Lia Thomas, a 22-year-old transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, is on a current streak of breaking the women’s records at the school.
Prior to her transition, Thomas competed for three years at Penn.
“[Swimming] is a huge part of my life and who I am. I’ve been a swimmer since I was 5 years old,” Thomas said in an interview with Penn Today. “The process of coming out as being trans and continuing to swim was a lot of uncertainty and unknown around an area that’s usually really solid. Realizing I was trans threw that into question. Was I going to keep swimming? What did that look like?”
As Thomas continues to break records, more and more people are speaking out, upset that she gets to compete in the female division.
“Well of course women’s records are being smashed!” tweeted Chicago-based sports performance coach Linda Blade. “Lia competed as male for first three years in #NCAA. This is not right! We need to return to #SexBasedSports! #SexNotGender to preserve fairness for female athletes.”
Thomas most recently broke the 200-meter freestyle and 500-meter freestyle and said, “Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport and being able to continue is very rewarding.”
‘Benedetta’ Tells the True Story of Lesbian Nuns
Daphne Patakia and Virginie Efira in "Benedetta." Photo by Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions.
“Benedetta,” a new film that was released Dec. 3, examines the case of Benedetta Carlini, a nun who is in a sexual relationship with another nun.
The film is loosely based on the scholarly work “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy” by Judith C. Brown. The film touches on many lesbian stereotypes and even touches on the older practice of conversion therapy. The main character, Benedetta is told “Your worst enemy is your body” and that it’s “better to not feel too at home in it.”
The film is getting mixed reviews as many people think some parts are too “campy” for it to be taken seriously. The movie is currently being shown strictly in theaters but will hit the streaming services in January.