South African Transgender Murdered After Winning Miss Gay Pageant
A South African who had won a Miss Gay pageant was found in his rented room with his throat slit, news24 reported. Thapelo Makutle, 23, had argued late Friday night with two men about his sexuality, his friend, Shaine Griqua told mambaonline.com. Those two men followed him home, broke down his door and killed him, Griqua said. Makutle, known as Queen Bling, was active in the LGBT community in the Kuruman region, a rural area in the north, Griqua told mambaonline.com. He said his friend identified as gay and recently started calling himself transgender.
“It’s so sad. I can’t describe the pain that we are feeling right now,” Griqua told mambaonline. “We have lost a young, talented, gay man who was open about who he was. The last few days have been like a dark cloud.” Griqua, the director of Legbo Northern Cape, a nonprofit that provides sexual health education, released a statement saying that witnesses had seen Thapelo’s body, and that his genitalia had been “severed and inserted into his mouth.” There was no sign of burglary, Griqua said, according to globalpost.com. Police have not arrested anyone in the case, according to media reports.