Through classes and workshops, men across the United States are attempting to unlearn "toxic masculinity"—for society and for themselves.Read More
Words have immense power. Every day, the terminology we use defines how we view the world and influences our behaviour in it.
That’s problematic when the terms that refer to gender identities and sexual orientations are so often derogatory and harmful. They not only reflect our society but also perpetuate the cycle of bias and prejudice.Read More
Tongues: A photo in the 'Daughter of District Six' exhibition is of Gayle, the language used initially by gay people. Photo: David Harrison
Gaseroen Samuels laughs as he recalls the years of fun he had in Cape Town’s District Six with his large, all-queer posse. “Oooh jinne man, those were the good days. You know, in summer, when we would come from a party or something, we would take a mattress out on to the pavement and sleep there.Read More
Intersex bodies can also change and develop different sex traits later in life, in ways that are unexpected based on their phenotype at birth. This might happen because of an intersex trait like 5-alpha reductase deficiency or nonclassical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia — variations that may cause unexpected hair growth, genital growth, or a deeper-pitched voice. Many intersex people take hormones to medically manage their characteristics and bring their bodies into alignment with their gender.Read More
Article by Luiz DeBarros
Castle Lager has become the latest consumer brand to publicly affirm its support for Gauteng’s LGBTQ Pride season, but who stands to win?
The iconic SAB beer, in a traditionally conservative and ‘macho’ product category, has been running a campaign called #SmashTheLabel that aims to highlight the labels that divide South Africans.
The cheeky campaign uses a series of stereotypical characters in the ads who assert that they are “more than that.” The campaign has also included the company selling beer bottles stripped of their labels.
One of the stereotypes featured in the ad campaign is “stabane,” a derogatory term for gay people. It’s worth noting that compared to most of the other labels used in the ads (like “jock” and “cougar”), this one carries the very real risk of deadly consequences.
On Monday, the company posted a standalone clip on its Facebook page featuring the “stabane” character in a township, complete with shots of exploding mirrorballs. He says to the camera defiantly, “You call me stabane… I’m more than that.”
The post was accompanied by a comment from the company: “Cheers to a more united and inclusive Mzansi! #SmashTheLabel this Pride week. How will you be showing your support this Pride week?”
It’s part of a still very small but growing trend among local companies to celebrate the LGBTQ community as part of South Africa’s diverse makeup. Over the last two years, for example, Starbucks South Africa has run in-store campaigns in some of its branches in support of Pretoria Pride and Johannesburg Pride.
While these moves are welcomed by many in the LGBTQ community as helping to give much-needed visibility to sexually and gender diverse South Africans, questions have also been asked.
How substantial are these initiatives and to what extent do these companies really engage with the LGBTQ community? Do they spend money in the LGBTQ media, put funding into Pride events, and ensure inclusive and welcoming workplaces?
Are we being used to give these brands a veneer of being edgy, trendy and progressive, or do we all benefit equally?
Nandipha Ngoloti, 29, says he is often subjected to hate speech. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
A 2016 report, Hate Crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People, surveyed 2,130 South Africans in an online study. It found that “confidence in the justice system is clearly low. Very few of the incidents of discrimination were reported to police. Considering that many of these incidents were of a very serious nature, the non-reporting is a significant concern”.
All students deserve a safe and affirming school environment. More than 20 years of GLSEN work and research proves that 1) supportive school staff, 2) inclusive curriculum, 3) GSAs (and other student-led clubs) and 4) comprehensive and enumerated policies help to improve school climate, academic achievement and student well-being.Read More
While this is but a small victory, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni took a step towards a more equitable South Africa this October when he announced sanitary pads would now be tax free. 1 in every 3 girls will miss school during their periods. In other words these girls spend their entire school life behind their peers. These learners receive an alarming three and half years less education then their peers in the time before they sit down to write their final examination. This is compounded by dirty toilets and a general lack of access to sanitation which impedes girl learners across the board. Many do not make it to their exams and drop out well before matric.Read More
Joburg LGBTI clubbing institution Simply Blue closing down
Article by Luiz DeBarros
Gen expressed in words that I just don’t have at this point in time, the sadness that comes with the shutting down of our home away from home. “I know that mommy Dino Abrahams and daddy Jerome Camp need a break from running Simply under such hard circumstances. But if there's anyone out there who wants to swoop in and save a queer haven then please gay angels from Queer Heaven I beg!
We will be there with you for the closing to say thank you for all you have done for pageantry, trans and queer and GNC folk and of course all the rest of Joburg and surrounds who needed a place to feel part of a community. But also of course to the legendary children”.Read More
A film by Gabrielle Le Roux + Nthabiseng Mokoena “You are born into a world that says you do not exist, you were not supposed to exist, you cannot exist. But I am not the only one, there are thousands of us out there and our experiences are so similar – the violations, the violence, the prejudice, the stereotyping is so similar it’s scary. You realize how much of a system and structure is actually formed against intersex bodies.” Nthabiseng Mokoena tells their story of intersectional resistance, individual and collective. For more information or ideas for screenings, email: reclaimingintersex (at) yahoo (dot) com Directors: Gabrielle Le Roux + Nthabiseng Mokoena Camera: Gabrielle Le Roux Edit: Shelley Barry + Carla Deyzel Original music: Ben CaesarRead More