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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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Watch a short film tackling transphobia in the woke community

by: Onele Liwani - 8 March 2017

Watch a short film tackling transphobia in the woke community

We’ve all had those nights, you know the ones, where all the drinking and dancing ends up with you and your friends passed out in the living room. This familiar scene is how this episode of web-series, The Foxy Five opens. The Foxy Five is created, directed and written by Jabu Nadia Newman who is...

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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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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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A space for queer people to party, talk and hangout without discrimination

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 2 June 2016

A space for queer people to party, talk and hangout without discrimination

“Art’s always been about personal expression for me,” says Obie Mavuso. “I just want to make a positive change through my art and shift people’s mindsets.” If you’re familiar with Cape Town’s indie music circuit, you’ve probably heard Obie’s name before. Besides being a popular musician and filmmaker, the 25-year-old is also the co-founder of...

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4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 1 March 2016

4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

The internet has become a hotbed for social activism. Whether, it’s video series about sexuality or blogs about  how to take care of black hair, there are plenty of blogs and online campaigns currently serving up #BlackGirlMagic. Below are a few that we’re loving right now. Feminist Stokvel If you were at the #ForBlackGirlsOnly event...

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“Gay sex education would have helped me accept myself”

by: Lucille Dyosi - 11 September 2015

“Gay sex education would have helped me accept myself”

A debate erupted in the Western Cape’s provincial parliament recently after MPL Ferlon Christians from the ACDP said a proposal to add homosexual education to the high school curriculum “made him sick”. The proposal came from Dr Gordon Isaacs, a psycho-social manager at the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT). Some of the syllabus,...

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THE IN-BETWEEN GIRL (SOCIETY SAYS “PICK A SIDE”)

by: Sanelisiwe Mhlati - 25 June 2014

THE IN-BETWEEN GIRL (SOCIETY SAYS “PICK A SIDE”)

“Oh my God! You’re not allowed to say you have cellulite.” “You’re the perfect size–not gross skinny but not too big.” “At least you actually have an ass, unlike most skinny people.” “She’s way too skinny to play a sex symbol. Don’t you think?” “At least you can find clothes for your size.”   That...

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Double Minded

by: Nomsa Motale - 31 October 2013

Double Minded

When Katy Perry released the hit single “I kissed a girl and I liked it” the song caused a lot of controversy. It allowed girls to explore their sexuality and think about the idea of engaging in activities with the same sex. All of a sudden, girls would go to parties and make out with...

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