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Exploring Gender: Pronouns and Work Interactions

Exploring Gender: Pronouns and Work Interactions | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
It is always interesting starting a new job, getting to learn new things, meeting new people. But whenever you start a new job as a trans* person, there is often a certain bit of anxiety associated with it.
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Daily Maverick - Joburg Pride: A Tale of Two Cities

Daily Maverick - Joburg Pride: A Tale of Two Cities | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Saturday saw Johannesburg play host to what was by some estimates the largest gay pride event ever held on the African continent.

 

The parade was halted on Jan Smuts Avenue in Rosebank, when around 20 black lesbians and feminists from the One in Nine campaign staged a protest act – a “die-in” – on the road in front of Pride participants. The activists lay on the road, together with a number of mannequins, wearing purple t-shirts reading “Stop the war on women’s bodies”, and displaying banners which stated “Dying for justice” and “No cause for celebration”.

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Nollywood Actor, Bestwood Chukwuemeka, Sentenced To 3 Months In Jail For Gay Sex

Nollywood Actor, Bestwood Chukwuemeka, Sentenced To 3 Months In Jail For Gay Sex | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
A 28-year old actor, Bestwood Chukwyemeke, was on Monday sentenced to three-month imprisonment by a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for having sexual intercourse with another man through the...
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The ‘L’ word: An evaluation of corrective rape in South Africa

The ‘L’ word: An evaluation of corrective rape in South Africa | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

Corrective rape affects not only SA but also many other countries such as Thailand,(41) Zimbabwe,(42) Namibia,(43) and Ecuador.(44) In townships where there is urban decay, women are restricted to lives rife with male dominance and oppression. In these circumstances a majority of men, despite being educated, disagree with a lesbian’s preferred sexual orientation on the basis that it violates cultural and religious norms. Unlike many other countries that lack the legal framework to protect lesbians, SA is in a unique position to correct corrective rape. However, its lack of routine punishment for rape has had deadly consequences, including increases in HIV incidence. Such atrocities strengthen historic gender gaps and leave lesbians at increased vulnerability to attack. In order for SA to remedy these challenges, it must define corrective rape as a ‘hate crime’ and proceed to criminalise those violating the tenets of freedom that SA so valiantly fought for.

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The Love That Dares

The Love That Dares | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
In Uganda, politicians and newspaper editors advocate killing gay people. But they don't speak for everyone.
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Three Lesbians Beaten, Assaulted In Nairobi CBD - UPDATED - Identity Kenya

Three Lesbians Beaten, Assaulted In Nairobi CBD - UPDATED - Identity Kenya | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

Three lesbian women were reportedly assaulted last week on Thursday morning by persons known to them inside a lodging house in downtown Nairobi.

The three women, it is alleged, had just spent a night together in the same bed and were chatting when two men - who are known to them - stormed into their room demanding to know why three women were sharing a bed.

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OPED: Why Africa Cannot Embrace the Gay Agenda - : Jambonewspot

OPED: Why Africa Cannot Embrace the Gay Agenda - : Jambonewspot | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

It is therefore no surprise that this amongst many other traditional beliefs and practices have been a bedrock of not only strong marriages but resilient family units that have largely extended to the globally admired sense of community in Africa. Africa has one of the lowest but rising rates of divorce in the world. Our children are raised to value education, financial freedom, entrepreneurship, culture and a sense of community.

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Why the African LGBTI community should be concerned over US policy in Africa and AFRICOM

Why the African LGBTI community should be concerned over US policy in Africa and AFRICOM | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

In the world of high gloss, Africa is opening for investment along with the new crop of African run neo-NGOs, many run by ‘power women’, for whom the word transformation has become the buzz word but without the accompanying interrogation of the superstructures that maintain globalized capitalism and social order. Its not simply an either or Africa and it is disingenuous and a false reality to speak of transformation whilst remaining silent on rampant militarism across the continent. This silence by Africa’s new NGO, powered elite – many of whom describe themselves as ‘feminists’ and LGBTI ’activists’ is nothing more than an affirmation of the institutionalisation of the status quo. The drive for economic prosperity, progress and justice have to be conducted side by side otherwise we just end up replicating the same unjust oppressive economic and social structures and what Firoze Manji described recently as the ‘miltiarisation of development’ [Africa Today 23rd July, KPFA.org] And where there is militarisation as always it will be women, children, the urban and rural poor and LGBTI communities who will be impacted the most.

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Take your Women’s Day and shove it*

Take your Women’s Day and shove it* | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

[Warning: this post contains a lot of bad language and shouting. My parents should stop reading now.] Dear Government (big, small, national and local), 

Here’s an idea. Take your pathetic, meaningless, mind-blowingly expensive and stomach-churningly patronising Women’s Day and cancel it. Cancel the entire idea of “women’s month”. Tell me, what is the FUCKING point?
Trash that ridiculous, pointless, bloated Dept of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (how’s that for neatly categorising us little ladies – not only does possession of a vagina constitute a disability, but vagina-owners are as powerless and lacking in agency as children). It’s no more than a particularly sanctimonious event-planning agency. The departmental mission? “Ooh, women and children are getting raped and abused, they bear the brunt of criminally lousy education and brutal poverty: LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES! Plus we’ll throw in some glossy leaflets, and send someone in a designer suit to pat heads and make a speech full of platitudes before we jet off for another shopping trip er international conference.”

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RadioVop Zimbabwe - Zimpapers Journo Suspended On Gay Activism Allegations

RadioVop Zimbabwe - Zimpapers Journo Suspended On Gay Activism Allegations | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Zimpapers Journo Suspended On Gay Activism Allegations...
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Erotic As Power by Audre Lorde

THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF POWER, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change. For women, this has meant a suppression of the erotic as a considered source of power and information within our lives.

We have been taught to suspect this resource, vilified, abused, and devalued within western society. On the one hand, the superficially erotic has been encouraged as a sign of female inferiority; on the other hand, women have been made to suffer and to feel both contemptible and suspect by virtue of its existence.

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Tanzania’s MSM Activist Found Strangled; Murder Suspected As Police Launch Investigations - Identity Kenya

Tanzania’s MSM Activist Found Strangled; Murder Suspected As Police Launch Investigations - Identity Kenya | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

A Tanzanian MSM activist, Maurice Mjomba, was found dead today in his house in Dar es Salaam in unclear circumstances.

According to Julius Lumanyika Kyaruzi, the coordinator at the Center for Human Rights Promotion (CHRP) where Mjomba was working as the Outreach Training Coordinator for injecting drug users (IDUs), Mjomba was found dead at his home.

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Prejudice-based violence towards Lesbian & Bisexual women and Transgender persons-Good practices of governmental policies Delivered by Minister of women and children youth and people with disabilit...

Program director Honourable Ministers Distinguished ladies and gentlemen Allow me to introduce to you my colleagues Minister of Correctional Services Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Ngakula, Minister of Social ...
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JOBURG PRIDE MARRED BY SCUFFLES on MambaOnline.com

JOBURG PRIDE MARRED BY SCUFFLES on MambaOnline.com | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

A well-attended and festive Joburg Pride was marred by scuffles between organisers and activists who mounted an ambush protest against LGBT hate crimes and the "depoliticised" nature of the event.

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Man defending his transgender girlfriend slashed by 350-pound man at Greenwich Village McDonald’s

Man defending his transgender girlfriend slashed by 350-pound man at Greenwich Village McDonald’s | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
A 350-pound brute hurled slurs at a gay man and his transgender girlfriend and then whipped out a razor and slashed one of them at a crime-plagued McDonald’s in Greenwich Village, police said.
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Redefining Human Rights, Sexuality and the Rights of Women : A report on the Central African Feminist Forum

Redefining Human Rights, Sexuality and the Rights of Women : A report on the Central African Feminist Forum | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
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allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: End Attacks on LGBT People - Police Harass Activists With Threats, Raids, Beatings, and Arrests

allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: End Attacks on LGBT People - Police Harass Activists With Threats, Raids, Beatings, and Arrests | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

On August 20, 2012, police officers entered and occupied the offices of GALZ in Harare for six hours, producing a warrant only after the GALZ lawyers demanded it. They confiscated documents, advocacy materials, and computers. GALZ advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Zimbabwe.

"This latest police raid on the country's leading LGBT group shows the government's intolerance of the rights of Zimbabwe's sexual and gender minorities," said Monica Tabengwa, LGBT researcher at Human Rights Watch. "By intimidating and harassing members of GALZ, the authorities are violating their rights to freedom of expression and association."

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Draft GOP Platform Defends Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

Draft GOP Platform Defends Anti-Gay Laws in Africa | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
If they can't outlaw homosexuality in the US, the Republicans will try to do it elsewhere.
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IPS – Criticism of Uganda’s Government Leads to Harassment of NGOs | Inter Press Service

IPS – Criticism of Uganda’s Government Leads to Harassment of NGOs | Inter Press Service | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Criticism of Uganda’s Government Leads to Harassment of NGOs - In the face of rising public criticism over a range of controversial political manoeuvr...
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Critical Ethnic Studdies - Decolonizing Future Intellectualaism & Activism

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Erotic As Power

THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF POWER, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change. For women, this has meant a suppression of the erotic as a considered source of power and information within our lives.

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DPP in need of redemption | www.malawitoday.com

DPP in need of redemption | www.malawitoday.com | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
After abusing Malawians for close to three years, DPP is definitely an organisation in need of salvation, deliverance and repair in the eyes of voters.
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Gay and Proud in Uganda: The First Pride Parade

Gay and Proud in Uganda: The First Pride Parade | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
It was Saturday afternoon, and we were on the shores of the giant, cloudy Lake Victoria in the Ugandan city Entebbe, where L.G.B.T. activists had decided to stage the country’s first Pride Parade.
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Anonymous punishes Uganda for persecution of LGBT community

Anonymous punishes Uganda for persecution of LGBT community | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

Irrepsonsible actions that put local activirts at risk - Anonymous hacks and defaces multiple Ugandan websites in retaliation for governement intimidation and harassment of the LGBT community in Uganda.

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