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The New Yorker covers violence against lesbians in South Africa

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an African-American reporter based in South Africa, has penned a piece in this week’s New Yorker titled “Violated Hopes” (subscription required) that covers the contentious topic of sexual violence directed against black South African lesbians. Hunter-Gault frames the piece on the experiences of lesbian women in townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town, interviewing several women who have experienced sexual violence at the hands of men.

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Branding Nigeria and Gay Rights

Last month the writer Chinua Achebe declined the Nigerian government’s attempt to name him a Commander of the Federal Republic. He had rejected the same award in 2004. Achebe’s main…..

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Die Antwoord's at it again

We promised ourselves we won’t get drawn into this. This is the week in which Cape Town viral rappers Die Antwoord released the music video for their new single “Fok…..

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David Cameron's gay rights

Fresh from insulting British women, Prime Minister David Cameron is now endangering the lives of gay people in Africa. Appearing on the BBC (with presenter Andrew Marr; they make quite…..

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Revisiting the “Gay Marriage Map”

The “Gay Marriage Map” that accompanied an opinion piece by columnist Frank Bruni in The New York Times a few days ago, provides a global snapshot of laws affecting same-sex relationships. …..

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The Gay Judges in Kenya*

South Africa has an openly gay Judge serving on its highest court, The Constitutional Court. The Judge, Edwin Cameron, who has written a book about his sexual orientation also happens…..

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The first Afrikaans film at Cannes

Finally a teaser for the film “Skoonheid,” by Cape Town director, Oliver Hermanus, is now online. Billed as the first Afrikaans film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, the…..

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The Lion King Moment

Great scene from ABC’s “Modern Family,” a comedy series about a very traditional family. The scene is featured on Sphere of Influence, a blog about stereotypes, by one of my…..

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Video: Homosexuality is African

The 46-minute video of the recent BBC World “Debate” with the unfortunate title: “Is Homosexuality Un-African?” It is of course as African as sadza, ugali, nsima, asaro and pap. The…..

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BBC: "Is Homosexuality Un-African?

This weekend the BBC World Service (on satellite TV and its radio service) will broadcast an edited version of a debate on gay rights in Africa. The debate was taped in Johannesburg, South Africa.” The key focus of the debate was: ” Is Homosexuality Un-African?” We know the answer to that question: No it is not.