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Staying in the closet as an act of self-care

by: admin - 14 July 2017

Staying in the closet as an act of self-care

Coming out, the act of announcing, publicising/disclosing or declaring your sexuality has been a staple of LGBTI activism and advocacy since the 1970s. As a political tool it was used to declare that LGBTI people are everywhere. The idea was that if more people came out, the less likely families with gay members would be...

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What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 28 June 2017

What #MTVShugaDS taught Braam youth

#MTVShugaDS season five has come to an end and after 12 exciting episodes which showcase the lives of a group of high school students and the woes they experience growing up in a fictional township called Zenzele. The show addresses varying topics such as teenage pregnancy, abortions, blessers, sexual assault, stealthing and other subjects which young...

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How to report rape

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 June 2017

How to report rape

The recent incidents of women getting raped and sexually assaulted while using taxis has brought to attention the urgency with which South Africans need to confront and find lasting solutions to gender violence in the country. Over the past months, several women were raped in Johannesburg while using taxis, leading the SAPS to warn of...

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Using tattoos to tell my story

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 13 June 2017

Using tattoos to tell my story

It’s 8 AM on a cold Sunday morning and I’m laying on a tattoo bed in Turffontein for the umpteenth time at my tattoo artist’s house/tattoo parlour. It’s freezing but I’m wearing shorts because this tattoo will be going on my calf. I’m nervous and excited but that’s usually how I feel before the needle...

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Thoughts on the streets about blesser culture

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 12 June 2017

Thoughts on the streets about blesser culture

We went out on the Braamfontein streets to ask the youth what they thought about “blesser culture” in South Africa and if young girls really knew what they were getting themselves into by seeking out a blesser. The consensus was that young women feel pressured by social media to live and portray a certain kind...

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My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

by: admin - 29 May 2017

My partner was deported after testing positive for HIV

This post was sent to us by a Live Mag SA reader from Nigeria, who wanted to share his HIV story.  ‘I dated Edwina* for over a year. We had unprotected sex and oral sex on many occasions. It was an almost perfect relationship and we had no doubt that we would one day marry....

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How much do you really know about abortion?

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 23 May 2017

How much do you really know about abortion?

We went out on the streets to speak to young people and determine how much they actually know about abortion and the options a young woman has if she fell pregnant and decided not to keep the baby. Mostly illegal posters and pamphlets titled ABORTION are plastered all over the Johannesburg CBD and other major cities. There is...

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Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 12 May 2017

Thandiswa Mazwai: “Men are more than trash”

Last night at the Afro Punk Bash that was held to kick off Afro Punk Joburg 2017, King Tha (Thandiswa Mazwai) performed alongside the band the BLK JKS. And it was such a vibe, it was one of the best performances of the night. But it’s not just her electrifying show that made people talk....

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[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

by: Live Staff - 10 May 2017

[Video] “In Ocean View, we are too far away from mental health facilities”

According to community worker Sharon Brink, there is a big mental health problem in Ocean View, Cape Town, owing to the abuse of drugs and alcohol which is prevalent in the area. “And when it comes to the mental health facilities, we are so far,” she says. Johann Kikillus a director of the NGO Soteria...

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Eldorado Park service delivery protest in pictures

by: Gabriela Mc Gowan - 8 May 2017

Eldorado Park service delivery protest in pictures

The early hours of Monday morning saw chaos on the Golden Highway leading to the N12 in the south of Johannesburg. The road was brought to a complete standstill as residents of the predominantly coloured suburb, Eldorado Park, protested against poor service delivery, unemployment and the inability for police to curb drug abuse in the...

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