The (Wo)menstrual Cycle

By Mantis I was born female. At 3.46kg I was said to be normal and able to live my life to the fullest. My life was predicted to end after at least 85 glorious years on this earthly plane by the nurse. Simple mathematics was applied to a life said to be normal. My life […]
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My Identity

By Anelisiwe The 18th of January 2011 brought the death of my dear & loving father. The death of a part of me that I will never get back. Since then I have been a grieving daughter and every decision, action and consequence thereof has been a rendition of this identity. It is who I have […]
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Speak Out About Hiv + AIDS

In sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 58 percent of all people living with HIV and AIDS. The Truth is if you aren’t infected with HIV/AIDS you are affected by it. HOLAA! is asking you to share your experiences and observations about LGBTQI women and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The rumour amongst Queer Women is that “all this […]
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I’m That Girl

By Metaphorical Pearl I’m that chick with the slow smile riding the shopping cart down the supermarket aisle, tipping things on the floor and leaving them in a pile. I’m that chick with her locks hanging loose whose friends can’t introduce to new people without first making some kind of excuse because they say I’m […]
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Different Flavours, One Spoon: On being buddhist, a mother, queer, Zulu and much more

By Zan “Buddhist?” *insert supporting raised eyebrow here* But isn’t that for white people? Plus, don’t they pray to that statue of the fat dude?” These are the questions I get the minute something even remotely religious comes up. I’ve been asked these questions so often that I cannot help but giggle at their confusion. […]
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Dare to Call Me Lesbian

By Lame I love the word Lesbian. It rolls of my tongue so smoothly and lands gently into the ear of the next person. ‘Lesssbian.’ It sounds like a whisper. A sexy secret that makes you blush and giggle. I love the word lesbian! From the moment I knew I was a lesbian, I told […]
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Decimate

By Nina Mort/@Nina_Mort7 I decimate my life when I get high, but I also get to run away from everything and leave you behind. I soar like a bird but I am still tied up to the ground. Succinctly, that freedom is an illusion. Aloof I was, until I saw you. I had nothing more […]
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Once Upon A Time

By GayKindaLove At the peak of that luminous day The angry sun presented her discoveries to whoever dared to lend an ear Her nemesis was to be tormented to lifelessness, she anticipated. The sun finally uncovered the secrets of the dark, she boasted. Fruitlessly she spoke of how the night relied on the moon to […]
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