Category Archives: Female masculinity

2014 Aug. 23: Relatives and friends shed tears at Gift’s funeral and some fainted

Text by Lerato Dumse Photos by Lindeka Qampi When the casket carrying the body of Disebo Gift Makau (23), was lowered six feet underground at a Ventersdorp cemetery, in the North West, on August 23.     Family and friends … Continue reading

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2014 Aug. 24: Queers Against hate crimes Mo(u)rning the loss of Disebo Gift Makau

photo by Zanele Muholi featuring Odidi Mfenyana       … work in progress!!!   Related articles 2014 Aug. 19: Makau family mourns the brutal murder of their beloved                  

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2014 July 26: “I was born this way and I cannot change the skin that I live in”

My name is Refilwe Pitso but am popularly known as ‘Fifi’. I was born and raised in Daveyton, Benoni in Johannesburg. I was born on the 27th of December 1991 and I was raised by my mother. She is a … Continue reading

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