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Monday, February 4th, 2013

Canada and the cover of whiteness

It was in Yeoville sometime in the 1990s that a ‘spook’ from South Africa’s now ruling party, the ANC, with whom I was acquainted began asking me questions about my father.  My family had migrated to Canada, which he knew, and he was asking questions like, “when,” and “was your dad ever in the SADF

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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....

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

‘Lesbians Seeing Lesbians’

The South African photographer Zanele Muholi is exhibiting some of her work–at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (26 Wooster Street) as part of an exhibition of contemporary photographers, “Lesbians Seeing Lesbians: Building Community in Early Feminist Photography” Here’s...

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Some Men in South Africa

A 13-year-old South African girl is the latest victim of “corrective rape,” in which men rape lesbians to “cure” them of their sexual orientation in South Africa. As The Guardian reports 31 lesbians have been killed because...

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Coming Out in Uganda

Frank Mungisha, an Ugandan gay rights activist included in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40” list last year, will speak at The New School in Manhattan tomorrow night about his experiences. From the promotional material: He has played...

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Working Class and Gay in South Africa

CNN has a story on why despite South Africa’s progressive laws, lesbians and gays are still under attack there. The basic moral of the piece is that if you’re middle class, you can form your...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

VIDEO / THE ‘CORRECTIVE RAPE’ OF LESBIANS

The (British) Channel 4 news report (video above) on “corrective rape” of lesbians by men in South Africa (among the victims was the former captain of South Africa’s women’s football team, Eudy Simelane) has won...

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

KENYA TO CONDUCT “CENSUS” OF GAY POPULATION

So Uganda, with the help of their rightwing, American Christian boosters, want to “wipe out” gay people by making laws that bans even thinking about it. Now Kenya wants to do a “census” of its gay population....

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Uganda wants to “wipe out” gays

Uganda’s Parliament–encouraged by American evangelicals (who converted Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni above)–last week introduced new draft legislation, The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, that will “… greatly expand criminal penalties against lesbians and gays.”  Currently, “carnal knowledge of any person...

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

“Is there another word you can use instead of lesbian?’

That’s South African Judge, Ratha Mokgoathleng, unable to contain his homophobia, speaking earlier to the prosecutor in the case of the murderers of Eudy Simelane, a lesbian woman brutally raped and murdered in a township outside Johannesburg....

Friday, September 18th, 2009

VIDEO: “TO BE AFRICAN AND QUEER TODAY”

What it means to be a Black lesbian, to be a gay man or lesbian of any sort, in South Africa and on the continent more generally. South African TV clip focusing on the work of photographer...