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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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My decision to have an abortion was rational

by: admin - 19 May 2017

My decision to have an abortion was rational

I got pregnant because I was too drunk. I barely remember the sex. When I woke up, I saw an unused condom. I was wondering why it wasn’t used—the fact that the condom was lying there suggested that the guy had at least thought about using it. I was so wasted that I was incapable...

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I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

by: admin - 17 May 2017

I wanted to kill myself when I finally realised I was gay

This post was written anonymously by a fan of the show, MTV Shuga: “I am a 21 year old male, studying engineering in one of the top universities in Nairobi, Kenya. Reggie’s character (played by Given Stuurman in MTV Shuga) really touched me as it is a duplicate of the life I live. I am born...

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As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

by: Tiger Maremela - 25 April 2017

As a queer person, there’s nothing to celebrate this Freedom Day

Congratulations, South Africans! You live in a country that was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. You might also want to pat yourself on the back, come Freedom Day, because several other laws have been passed that allow people of the same sex to marry. And yes, according to...

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My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

by: Anonymous - 14 February 2017

My experience as a black and queer man at initiation school

Recently a racy trailer for a movie, called The Wound, featuring Nakhane Touré was released which sparked a lot of controversy about the mistreatment of gay initiates at initiation schools. Every year we hear about the health and emotional risk for young initiates. But I want to share my experience as a black queer initiate,...

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5 offensive things straight people say to me just because I date women

by: Tina Redman - 12 October 2016

5 offensive things straight people say to me just because I date women

Sometimes straight people, even well-meaning ones, say the most offensive things to me without even realising it. These are the five most annoying. “So you are one of the boys” So, one day a group of guys tried to hit on my girlfriend. She rejected them by pointing my way indicating she was with me....

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The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 17 August 2016

The blatant homophobia of my straight female friends

A lot of people assume having female friends as a gay man means you have a solid support. But this is not always the case, says Tafadzwa Gwese (24), most of whose friends are women. Here he tells us about the gay shaming, jealous jibes and drunken insults. The bottomline is that many female friends...

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I thought coming out would give me comfort, but it made my life more difficult

by: Sonwabile Maqubela - 17 May 2016

I thought coming out would give me comfort, but it made my life more difficult

I didn’t choose to be gay. Why would I choose to be ridiculed and spat on by complete strangers? Why would I choose the isolation of my family? I came out because it felt right. I wanted to experience life to the fullest. Even though I wouldn’t want it to be any other way, it...

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Public clinics make going on the Pill a pain

by: Xongani Maluleka - 8 April 2016

Public clinics make going on the Pill a pain

For some women getting contraceptives isn’t a train smash. Taking a safety precaution isn’t a 3-hour Mission Impossible task. Just in and out of the pharmacy, without judgement or humiliation from the pharmacist. However, for me, it’s a great deal of time dedicated to preventing pregnancy, being humiliated and feeling demoralised by the nurses at...

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Meet Samantha Ngcolomba, the lawyer who goes around the country to help abused women

by: Nwabisa Masiza - 17 December 2015

Meet Samantha Ngcolomba, the lawyer who goes around the country to help abused women

  In the month that we recognise 16 days of activism against women abuse, we spoke to a woman who works on the ground to make sure that women access their constitutional rights. Samantha Ngcolomba, a Johannesburg attorney, started Lady Liberty and moves around the country into under-resourced areas and communities to give women free legal services....

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