QAR: Weekly

  • JOBURG PRIDE MARRED BY SCUFFLES | Mambaonline.comThe group of activists, from the 1 in 9 campaign, ran out from behind the Goodman Gallery building and set up an impromptu blockade. A number of life-size dummies and activists were stretched out on the road, representing LGBT victims of hate crime, backed by banners that read “Dying For Justice” and “No Cause for Celebration”
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  • The ‘L’ word: An evaluation of corrective rape in South AfricaEvery 26 seconds a woman in South Africa (SA) is stripped of her dignity and becomes a contributing statistic (2) to one of the greatest instances of sexual violence in the world.(3) In this post-apartheid country where historic deprivation and economic blight prevail, socio-political challenges disproportionately affect poor, non-white women.(4) Men exert their authority through rape, with most acts undocumented, underreported, and left without legal recourse.(5) Despite making provisions for vulnerable women, the SA Government fails to recognise the subset of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community that is continually challenged by corrective rape, a novel form of gender-based violence. Corrective rape exists to ‘cure’ lesbians of their nonconforming sexual orientation and is motivated by the traditional belief that homosexuality is a colonial import.(6)tags: south africa LGBTI+Africa CorrectiveRape 
  • Why the African LGBTI community should be concerned over US policy in Africa and AFRICOMSomething momentous happened this past week in Uganda – the first ever PRIDE celebration [organised by ] which included the showing of the film “Call Me Kuchu” and a march through the streets of Entebbe. It was truly a proud defining moment for all African LGBTI people. If Ugandan Kuchus could march through the streets then so could we all – Nigerians, Liberians, Cameroonians and well the whole continent!tags: LGBTI+Africa Uganda AFRICOM gay_imperialism 
  • The Love That Dares |On the projector screen in this Kampala bar, the news now focuses on footage from local events, like when cops used a pistol to smash out the window of a car, unleashed a torrent of pepper spray into the faces of its passengers, including opposition leader Kizza Besigye, and then dragged them off to custody. We watch subsequent crowds of protesters being dispersed by tear gas and live rounds, wince as men get beaten mercilessly over the head with batons.tags: LGBTI+Africa Uganda 
  • 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.tags: Audre_Lorde QueerPolitics Power Erotic Black_Feminism 
  • Man defending his transgender girlfriend slashed by 350-pound man at Greenwich Village McDonald’s – NY Daily NewsMan defending his transgender girlfriend slashed by 350-pound man at Greenwich Village McDonald’s A McDonald’s in Greenwich Village, notorious for previous acts of violence, was the scene of yet another attack when A 350-pound man used gay slurs to berate a 24-year-old then used a razor to slash the victim across the face and neck.tags: transgender Transphobia USA 
  • The Problem with the LGBT Movement Coming Out Obsession « Radically QueerThere was some discussion on Twitter yesterday about the idea of #invitingin rather than coming out.  I’m reminded again of Hasan El-Menyawi’s brilliant piece, “Activism from the Closet,” in which he argues for coalition building in Egypt and elsewhere that focuses on bringing those with similar interests into the “closet” (envisioned as a safe space for community-building), rather than forcing queers out into a hostile public space.  He describes an “expanding closet,” where unlikely coalitions form between all sorts of issue-focused groups until the closet encompasses most of society.tags: LGBTI Organising Movements Coming_out

 

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