Intersex Solidarity Day is internationally observed to highlight issues faced by intersex people. In honor of the day, Abraham and Dimakatso Sebidi share with us their journeys from Dimakatso's birth until now - from spending her formative years in hospital and interactions with the medical sector, to stigma at church and their visions for the future. We urge all states to act with urgency in crafting solutions to the continued human rights violations against intersex people, and to engage meaningfully with intersex voices in all decision-making processes concerning them. #StopIGM #iad2016
South Africa, 26 October 2016
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has repeatedly
recognized Intersex Genital Mutilations as a "harmful practice", and
recently issued strong binding recommendations obliging South Africa to "guarantee bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination of all children, including intersex children", and to "adopt legal provisions to provide redress to victims of such treatment, including adequate compensation".
Pan-Africanism and Black Consciousness have always erased queer voices
in the struggle for liberation, while queer identities have been
painted as un-African. Moreover, the notion of “African Pride”
embodies a heterosexual and (cis) hyper masculine expression, while
the Western, white queer community is perpetually located as the
legitimate voice of the “queer agenda”. Iranti-org hosted their first
Exhibition “Queer Pride is African Pride”, aimed at disrupting
colonial, heteronormative understandings of African Pride.
Events • Queer Pride is African Pride (Panel Discussion)
Queer Pride is African Pride Exhibition (Panel Discussion)
South Africa, 19 October 2016
There have been pride parades in South Africa celebrating LGBT pride since 1990. South African pride parades were historically used for political
advocacy protesting against discrimination and violence against LGBT people. Iranti-org hosted their first exhibition “Queer Pride is African Pride”, aimed at decolonizing Queer Pride and disrupting heteronormativity. A panel of four queer activists addressed issues concerning pride, particularly in light of the suspension of Soweto Pride.