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This Week in SA

28 August 2017, South Africa

Iranti-org welcomes the resignation of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana. A man who resorts to physical violence is not suitable to act as a Deputy Minister of Higher Education in this country, plagued as it is by gender based violence. Read more...

 

Uganda President Museveni will likely sign Anti-Homosexuality Law

Boston, 28 January 2014

Dr Kapya Kaoma writes about the Anti-Homosexuality Law (previously known as “Kill the Gays” bill), that the version passed in December had eliminated the death penalty but maintained a punishment of life imprisonment for “aggravated” homosexuality—namely, having sex with a person who is under 18 years old or disabled, or instances in which the “offender” is HIV positive. The penalty also holds for “serial offenders”— people who have been previously convicted for the crime of homosexuality. Kaoma goes on to highlight the issues and suggest that Museveni is hedging and trying to please too many people. Read more...

 

I am a homosexual, Mum

Kenya, 27 January 2014

Binyavanga Wainaina writes about coming out to his mother. 'Nobody, nobody, ever in my life has heard this. Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear.

“I am a homosexual, mum.” ' Read more...

 

On the fear of imagination

Kenya, 27 January 2014

Binyavanga Wainaina speaks, Part 1: Bring Me The Obedient Children (1 of 6). Part One of "We Must Free Our Imaginations" - a six-part series in which Binyavanga Wainaina speaks on the fear of imagination. Watch on youtube...

 

Mandela leaves SA with Freedom in our hands and India dishonors LGBTI Rights

South Africa, 11 December 2013

Jabu Pereira, human rights activist, calls India out on their shameful recriminalization of homosexuality as Mandela lies in state in South Africa. Shame falls on the India Supreme Court on international human rights day. As the grey skies covered Joburg and the rain fell over the city we mourned the loss of a great human leader and as India’s President paid his respects to Nelson Mandela, its Supreme Court just re-criminalized same-sex relationships. Read more...

 

Audrey Mbugua is in the News (again): Be/Becoming/Being Transgender in Kenya

Kenya, 7 July 2013

Neo Musangi writes about Audrey Mbugua, a Kenyan not new to gender identity controversies and the corridors of justice. She has been in the Kenyan news for a while now. A few years back she was suing the then Minister for Health, Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o because the biggest government hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital denied her request for gender re-assignment surgery. No one would do it. Read more...

 

A letter to Angelina Jolie by an Indian transman

India, 2 June 2013

Satya Rai Nagpaul thanks Angelina Jolie for coming out, "I mean about your mastectomy. You have no idea what this can mean for a transman like me who went through the exact same procedure as yours; well almost!" Read more...

 

I dare you to be ambiguous/queer. Anywhere. Say maybe in Kenya.

Kenya, 17 May 2013

Neo Musangi writes about IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in Kenya. Sometimes when she says Kenya, she just means Nairobi. And yes, OutInKenya did confirm that the Kenyan chapter of IDAHOT was in the oven. IDAHOBIT: Mbona U Hate?, they called it. Read more...

 

Gone @ 20 – the lucky ones are not yet born!

South Africa, 28 August 2012

Zethu Matebeni writes about those, unremembered, who died in their 20s. Many would remember the American Rhythm &Blues (R&B) singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash. She was 22 at the time of her death. Controversial supermodel Gia died at the age of 26. Some still don’t believe that Tupac Shakur is dead. We remember all these people because they were famous. No one remembers those that didn't make Club 27. Read more...

Opinionators

Jabu Pereira

Jabu Pereira, founder and director of Iranti-org, was born in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Jabu now resides in Johannesburg and is a photographer, videographer, curator, researcher, activist and a leader in human rights.

 

Satya Rai Nagpaul

Satya Rai Nagpaul is the founder & facilitator of the Indian Trans Group, Sampoorna.

Sinoxolo Musangi

Neo Musangi was born someone else. Years later they became Xhosa and was renamed Neo by Igbo gods in the presence of Tsonga spirits near Mt. Kenya. That was a century and twenty three years after the police had fired at a crowd protesting against the eight-hour work day in Chicago. Blog, I ain't a poet.

Zethu Matebeni

Zethu Matebeni holds a PhD, started at Yale University and finalized as a PhD fellow at Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wizer). Her doctorate is published - Black Lesbian Sexualities and Identity in South Africa.

 

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Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author, journalist and winne rof the Caine Prize for African Writing. His first book was a response to anti-gay laws passed in Africa. He has been given the Young Global Leader award, that is given to people who have the potential to contributing to changing the world. He has written for many publications around the world, lectured and indulged his love of food collecting 13 000 recipes and becoming an expert on African cuisine.

 

Dr Kapya Kaoma

Rev. Canon Dr Kapya Kaoma is an Episcopal priest from Zambia. Political Research Associates' (PRA) religion and sexuality researcher and author of the 2012 Colonizing African Values report. author of PRA’s October 2009 report, ‘Globalizing the Culture Wars: U.S. Conservatives, African Churches and Homophobia’. He is an ordained Anglican with a particular interest in human rights, ecological ethics, and mission.

 
 
 

 

 
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