Dying moments

By Selaelo ‘Sly’ / @SlyPod I’d be grateful for the day I accepted my attraction to women. I would tell ten year old me that it is OK, girls are human too. That they can be admired and looked at by an enticed eye. I would do this instead of having the long fights I […]
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TransForming

By Germaine ‘TransForming’ is an ongoing series of portraits by Germaine de Larch made in collaboration with trans* and gender non-conforming people, aimed at making visible a very invisible sector of our society and is a reclaiming of public space for a private experience. More of this series can be found at http://www.germainedelarch.co.za/transforming Participants in the […]
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Everyone has scars

By zyre TW: description of self-injury, sexual assault, medical abuse, homophobia and abuse. Everyone has scars. Hypertrophic, keloid, faint and faded or raised and loud. Every scar writes a tactile story of a specific yesterday. I have spent over half my life creating my own tactile stories with sharp implements, and I read my life […]
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What is a lesbian?

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By Kagure Mugo/@tiffmugo ‘What is lesbian now?’ With this phrase you feel the need to begin explaining to your grandmother about ‘queer theory’ and the diffusion of human rights and international instruments that hold states accountable to macro obligations. Problem is these terms and phrases mean nothing to her. You try to tell her about […]
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Immaterial Treasure

By Zuzu My brand is not BLACK My trademark isn’t LESBIAN You will not find me on the shelves priced at 99 BLACK rands and 99 LESBIAN cents My elegance is not found on aisle figure “femme” neither flowing onto aisle figure “butch” My barcode will not scan unnatural My identity is not manufactured on […]
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Pre – Colonial Igboland: On Woman to Woman Marriage

By Cosmic Yoruba Nwando Achebe writes that “woman-to-woman marriage in Africa has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality” (emphasis, hers)…and I actually agree with this…kind of. While I strongly believe in pre-colonial lesbian secret societies littered across the African continent, at the risk of falling into the trap of Eurocentric and Western (mis)understanding of African social institutions, it […]
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