Part of my Queer journey was looking for representations of myself. I guess in a way it was an attempt to validate my existence, to know that people — womxn — like me could exist in the world. Pop culture and pop icons were some of the spaces and figures I looked for representation in. This is a natural need in us all — in order to dream yourself into a possibility, you have to see images of that possibility. For example in order to imagine yourself as a doctor, lawyer, actress, there must be images that tell you that those dreams are a possibility. In short in order to dream a future, there must be a past through which we can imagine that future.
Young South African Lesbians Speak Out - blogmuz.com
Forum for the Empowerment of Women FEW proudly celebrates its 5th year of empowerment, support, and networking for black lesbians living in and around Johannesburg. On January 27, , the organization will host an African-themed Cultural Celebration at the Women's Gaol Atrium, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein as from 14h00 to 19h00 in order to commemorate its five years of struggle to establish, serve, and sustain a grassroots-based community of lesbians from all walks of life in townships, rural areas, and cities. FEW began as a series of meetings and dialogues back in January, , between some 27 proud and out womyn who were ready to lay claim to social space and a political voice for black lesbians in the new South Africa. Simply called the Women's Forum back then, many talented members of our communities worked and organized tirelessly to make a mark, and to make a difference, in the lives of our sisters and each other. Through our collective efforts, and at various moments with and without funding, FEW emerged and managed to reach out to hundreds of lesbians by offering a safe space for self expression, collective political expression, skills training, and grief, trauma, and life counseling. Such interventions were often carried out not in the privileged space of Braamfontein, but in the streets, community township halls, and in one case even under a tree, in order to meet our grassroots base in their own comfort zones. In November , we were formally registered as a non-profit organisation.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel to South Africa
Africa Avant-Garde View All. Last week, Botswana's High Court made history when it overturned colonial-era laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations. The ruling, which came mere weeks after Kenya's High Court ruled to uphold its own 19th-century laws criminalizing "carnal knowledge against the order of nature," is being seen as a landmark victory for LGBTQ activists across the continent.
Actresses Thishiwe Ziqubu and Mandisa Nduna have quickly become one of the hottest couples in Mzansi and flag-bearers for the LGBTIQ community, but claim that they never wanted to make their "coming out" as lesbian into a statement. When Cassper and Boity were together, they didn't have to sit everybody down and say; 'this is who we are. We chose to be together because of a, b and c.