The problem is the way I dress. Everyone is asking, ‘is that a boy or a girl?’ In clubs, when ladies can get in for free, they push us, tell us we are not ladies and that we have to pay. They scream: ‘Is she boy or a girl? Is that man or a woman?’ As tom-boy, everyone looks at you.


The “Moving Walls” photographic exhibition opening in mid-March at the Open Society Documentary Project in New York City could not have come at a better moment for those concerned about growing homophobia on the continent (see, for example, the statement by bloggers posted on this blog and elsewhere yesterday). Two of the seven photographers exhibited focus on gay identity and homophobia on the continent. Tadej Žnidarčič‘s “Being Gay in Uganda” are portraits of gay men and women photographed with their back turned on the camera. (The shot, above, and the text is from the series; the link takes you there.)

The second photographer in the exhibition focusing on homopobhia is Bénédicte Desrus. Her “Persecution of Homosexuality in Uganda” (the picture above “Kampala, Uganda – Portrait of a ‘closeted homosexual’ in Uganda” is from Desrus’ series) covers events around the Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in the Ugandan parliament in October 2009. (The Bill proposes life imprisonment for anyone engaged in homosexual activities and the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”).

Closer to home, a third photographer, Samantha Box, covers homeless minority LGBT youth in New York City.

Here are the details for the exhibition.

Further Reading

Singing truth to power

When Ugandan police imprisoned Bobi Wine in his own home, the singer-turned-lawmaker used the internet, music and multiple languages to craft a call for solidarity between civilians and security forces.

The Fighters

Are the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Julius Malema primed for the greatest gains in South Africa’s May 8th national and provincial elections?