Category Archives: Human body

2014 Oct. 15: “Young, Gifted and Gay”

by Lerato Ntlatlane-Malibe It is funny how as people we are covered by different labels. When people discover that I am gay, comments I normally receive are “but you are so feminine and pretty”. Really! As a writer/columnist for a … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 13: The most exquisite Miss & Mr Gay Daveyton 2014

by Lerato Dumse Sitting in a high chair and waiting for the pageant to start, Mapaseka Mthunzi braved the cold Friday night weather, to watch her daughter Sharon “Sicka Star-Ban”. Sicka is one of the fourteen participants in the third Mr & … Continue reading

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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 May 27: You’re a beauty

  Let your beauty speak.. In a world so diluted by greed.. So artificial nothing is real.. Smile faked.. They tell their fate… Let beauty speaks.. Let it lulls you into scented dreams.. Beautiful meanders.. Wondrous waterfalls.. Let beauty speaks.. … Continue reading

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2014 April 5: ‘Sifela i Ayikho’ photos

  L-R: Jelena Kuljic and Maureen Velile Majola at backstage before their performance at Studio 44, Constanza Macras in Berlin last night.      Jelena Kuljic about to sing “Senzeni na?”  Maureen Majola lit the candles and prayed hard… God … Continue reading

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2014 March 18: Sharing South African Queer Knowledge with students in America

  Photo album by Valerie Thomas Quote of the day Is South Africa a country?   Frieda Ekotto The University of Michigan Introduction: Zanele Muholi Speaks at the Africa Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. It is my … Continue reading

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2014 Jan. 5: High Fashion at Muntuza’s funeral in KwaThema

by Yaya Mavundla Over the years people’s lifestyle and believes have changed completely. The Western culture has taken over with so many fashion boutiques we have been introduced to.  Freedom of expression through clothing and so many accessible designers has … Continue reading

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2014 Jan. 7: Wet Lesbian

    I Am… not Was. There is nothing as good as in like being seen by old friends looking great and happy. Mingling with friends (not fake ones) and also vacating are possible ways of getting rid of unnecessary … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 13: Frustrations of a transgender man

by Njabulo Masuku Accessing treatment for a transgender person in South Africa is frustrating. Although we are almost 2 decades into the democracy in South Africa not all of us are enjoying the benefits of the Bill of Rights.  The … Continue reading

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