Category Archives: Lost Lives

2015 Jan. 3: I dropped out of the closet many times

“It is a story about my coming out, its more significant than any part of my life history” Being who I am should not compromise who you are. The road to coming out was not easy. I was born in … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 29: Court Beat: Suspected lesbian killers remain behind bars

by Lerato Dumse Sthembiso Yende made her third appearance at the Tsakane Magistrates court on October 27, facing a charge of murder. The 20-year-old is accused of fatally stabbing Phumzile Nkosi (27) a lesbian mother of two boys. Sthembiso has … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 8: Beautiful faces and kisses from Soweto Pride 2014

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2014 Sept. 28: An emotional farewell for the recent victim of hate crime

Text by Lerato Dumse Photos by Lindeka Qampi and Zanele Muholi   It is a Sunday morning and like in most townships, the streets of Daveyton township are a buzz of activity. Many carry bibles, making their way to different churches. In … Continue reading

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2014 Aug.9: My name is Woman

  My name is woman…My name is woman who loves womenI am created in the image of humanSeek I not in hell nor heaven for I exist only in the midstof the haves and the have notsof the world… To … Continue reading

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2014 July 14: A healer is laid to rest

All photos by Charmain Carrol 12/07/2014                                                                   May … Continue reading

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2014 June 17: Uprising with EPOC and the black LGBTI community in Ekurhuleni

by Lebo Mashifane   June 16 is known as Youth day in South Africa. On the 16th of June 1976, there was an uprising in the township of Soweto, with students protesting the introduction of Afrikaans in schools, a way to keep … Continue reading

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