30 Mar '11, 12am

Panama accepts resignation of cross-dressing diplomat #USDOR

PANAMA CITY - PANAMA'S government on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a diplomat who caused a stir by wearing a lace dress with a banana in his bustline for carnival in Spain. Italo Afu, Panama's consul in the Spanish Canary Islands, had apologised profusely, saying he did not want 'to harm anyone, much less my country.' Mr Afu 'had the courage to place the interests of the state and the country's image before his own,' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that Mr Afu had 'made a mistake.' Photos of Afu celebrating carnival in a pink dress, earrings and the banana were published in Panama's media and created a scandal in this socially conservative country whose population is 95 per cent Christian. Even President Ricardo Martinelli chimed in: 'He should not have done it.' But gay rights activist Ricardo Beteta said the episode shows the 'intolerance and homop...

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channelnewsasia.com 29 Mar '11, 1pm

SINGAPORE: British tycoon Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, plans to honour his cross-dressing bet on May ...