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Gays hit catwalk at drag queen contest

ÚIn this photo taken Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 contestants take part in the Miss Jacaranda pageant held on the outskirts of Harare. And the winner is ... Ezmerald Kim Kardashian. That was the stage name for a young man who won the title of Miss Jacaranda at a drag queen pageant in Zimbabwe. He refused to give his real name because he feared for his safety in a country whose president has described homosexuals as "worse than pigs and dogs." (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Gays hit catwalk at drag queen contest

The flamboyant pageant, one of the biggest gay and lesbian events in

Zimbabwe, was held discreetly last weekend in an isolated farmhouse on a

forest-shrouded hilltop on the outskirts of Harare, the capital.

It was

the finale of the annual ZimPride week, in which homosexuals held

low-key events, including a film-screening and a launch of "Out in

Zimbabwe: Narratives of Zimbabwean LGBTI Youth," a book on experiences

of young people coming out about their sexuality to families and

society. (Associated Press)