Execute isitabane

By Gabisile Mthembu The life of a butch woman is full of hate, Her life executed in a blink of eye, Sent into a shadow of sorrow, Humanity no longer exists. Heartless women celebrate the death of another woman “azifevelelezitabane ” No mercy. I fear the cold hearts of homophobic women. Celebrating the struggles of […]
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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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White

*Trigger Warning: Drugs, death substance abuse.* By Nthabiseng Ntshala We met, spoke, laughed and fell in love. We learnt, accepted each other and even got addicted to each other. We took each other’s bad habits and made them our own, individually. I forgot my values and my beliefs. Her presence in my life mattered so […]
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Dykes and babes

By Kechi Nomu Gay was an obscure word until my first year in the University. I mean, in secondary school, I knew that girls did things to themselves in the dark in their hostels; my best girlfriend had written a long amused letter from her boarding school in Oyo State to tell me all about […]
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Getting It Right: LGBT women and HIV/AIDS

By Tatenda Muranda Post-colonial Africa has become an exciting space for LGBT activism because of the vast possibilities for change. Within the African regional human rights system there is no explicit recognition of the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but this has not stopped African LGBT movements from making headway in […]
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Mother- she was my valentine!

By Busi   The 14th of February is a day when everyone – even single people, remember. So everyone remembers that they love someone or they are loved by someone; all kinds of love are celebrated and remembered. It is a day covered in sickeningly sticky, googey sweet love. Some have adapted the day and we remember there […]
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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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I feel you when I pee

  By Lara Gemini Poet I feel you when I pee Your fingerprints conjure themselves in my juices finding melody in between my wetness a whispered story I can only narrate in gasps and moans covered in a dozen yearns for you to dig me deeper even further your touch makes my skin shiver a […]
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Dildo Dynamix

By Annonymous I recall packing for a trip when my heterosexual male friend reminded me, jokingly, to pack my vibrator. In a state of excitement ( because of the kind reminder) I dashed into my bedroom and pulled out my tiny purple vibrator – a birthday present from two naughty friends. This purple vibrator has […]
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