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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“Let your voices be heard”

By Charmain Carrol Given an opportunity to tell my story I will talk about where I’ve been and what I have done and the remarkable people I met along my journeys. This remains in my archived memories. It was an ardent path that any other youth might have gone through without much guidance and support from […]
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Numb

By Khanya Jack I’ve never understood the concept of being numb until today. The only constant is the lump in my throat reminding me that against all pretense things are not okay. As I firmly press my mental being to react to my current state of affairs, she looks me deadlocked in the eye and […]
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When the assailant is one of us

By Clear Peaceful Mind *trigger warning: sexual assault  Rape. For most women, this is one of the scariest words in any language. When your mother warned, “You could have been murdered, or worse!”, rape was and still is the unspoken “worse.” All over the world, rape is the most common violent crime ever committed – by […]
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HIV and ME: African LGBTI Women speak on HIV/Aids – Pt II

A moment ago we put out a call to start a conversation about how Afro-Queer Women understand, experience and deal with HIV/Aids.  Below are the second round of thoughts from African LGBTQI women. All responses were submitted anonymously through the HOLAA HIV/Aids submission form. We hope that by reading some of these responses you too will be encouraged […]
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