“Would it be easier for you, if I wasn’t so fast? Would you prefer I hadn’t worked so hard?” Semenya is fast because she works hard to be at the top of her game; every single time. Much like any other athlete who dominates their sport from Simon Biles to Serena Williams to Billie Jean King and Abby Wambach. Which is why, I, Queer, African, Woman, Black, Failed Athlete, celebrate you Semenya and the work you have done for women like us; for whom our presence on global stages remains to be normalized.
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has come under fire from LGBTQ activists and community members for discriminating against LGBTQ people in their processes.
“There is no postcolonial understanding of the movement. The gay movement is part of South African society, so the problems ailing everyone else mirrors the problems in the movement. Just because I’m gay, I’m not divorced from racism. Just because I’m gay, I’m not divorced from being poor. I’m all of those things.”
From India to Uganda, the legacy of British colonial sodomy laws live on today in many countries around the world. What can or should the Commonwealth do about this, if anything at all?
Brush up on this year’s biggest news so you can impress that cute girl at your New Year’s Eve party.
The rainbow nation is a country of contradictions and complexities when it comes to its queer citizens, and as LGBT South Africans mourn Mandela they also worry about the future.
Mandela devoted his life to improving the lives of all disenfranchised groups, but, right now, let’s take a look at what Mandela did for women.
Let’s make bulkas together in anticipation of breaking the Yom Kippur fast on Saturday evening. This recipe includes a photo of Vanessa as a small child, a short instructional video, and an until-now top secret family recipe. L’chaim!
HI STRADDLERS WHO LIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. ARE YOU OUT THERE? I AM COMING TO VISIT NEXT WEEK AND I WANNA MEET YOU.
Anyone who is interested in intersectionality, anti-colonialism, and just regular rattling of the cage of mainstream norms, this is for you.
“I’ve dedicated my entire life to documenting queer lives. I wanted to make sure I document (LGBTI) lives. All my major projects are gone.”
“Even if you don’t understand, you refuse to understand, you have something to process”
Nigeria passes an appalling anti-gay law, Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry get together, TI thinks gay people are too sensitive and SO MUCH MORE!
Even if change isn’t easy to come by regarding hate crimes, lesbians, and South Africa, the active movement to end hate crimes in the KwaZulu-Natal region is another testament to the strength of the LGBT community and the resilience of its leading activists there.
South Africa’s Ministry of Justice has established a national task team to address homophobia-based hate crimes. After 170,000 people accused them of maybe not doing enough.
The contempt, and rage, felt toward the lesbian community in South Africa is pretty devastating, and the meeting with the LGBTQ activists wasn’t the catalyst we’d hoped for…