Category Archives: Queer & Straights

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 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 Sept. 21: Sharing love and friendships at the 1st Mpumalanga Pride Photos – PART I

nobody knew what we had before the march…   …our writer, Christie van Zyl, videographer Siba Nkumbi and photographer Lindeka Qampi before getting on it…   L-R:  Siphiwe Mbatha, Vuvu Mtsweni and Luh Cele having breakfast     Sisters embrace… … Continue reading

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2014 July 12: From Soweto to Paris for the love of photography

  Teaching photography to young women at Aurora Girls High school with my 3 collaborators/ facilitators: Lindeka Qampi (SA photographer and activist), Linda Mankazana (SA educator and activist) and Valerie Thomas (French physician and activist). We started the visual project … Continue reading

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