DYNAMIC AFRICA

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dqueerafricans:

Road to Pride

This documentary is both a literal and symbolic journey on the “Road to Pride”, as the filmmakers embark on a quest to find out how South African lesbians are enjoying the fruits of a progressive constitution in the New South Africa.

Watch movie below

http://buskfilms.com/films/road-to-pride/

I think straight people should respect other people because, for me, I don’t think there’s anything crooked about LGBT.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka speaking at a recent U.N. conference on homophobia
group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Ethiopia are organizing themselves for what they hope will be action to show solidarity with the gay community in Uganda after their parliament promised to push through an anti-homosexuality bill to further criminalize the gay population.

“We will make certain that they know we are thinking about them and their struggle and make an effort to help however we can,” 24-year-old university student Amina told Bikyamasr.com on Saturday.

Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Call Me Kuchu highlights the final year in the life of activist and “Uganda’s first openly gay man”, David Kato.

“While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it tells the nuanced story of David and Kampala’s kuchus as they work to change their fate, and that of other kuchus across Africa.” (http://callmekuchu.com)

Kuchu is an umbrella term for LGBT persons in Uganda.

(buy tickets to see it at Film Africa in the UK)

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DYNAMIC AFRICANS: The HOLAA! (Hub of Loving Action Africa) Group

If there’s one thing followers of Dynamic Africa know about this blog, it’s that we’re not here to recycle ‘typical’ images and information about Africa that are broadcast by foreign media outlets that are often two-dimensional or service no beneficial purpose to the continent and its people. 

That being said, we don’t feel it necessary to go on about the kinds of stories Western media seems to favor when framing reports on LGBTQI life in parts of the African continent. This is not to say that there are no struggles or battles being fought concerning the progression of LGBTQI rights and agency in Africa - the discrimination many individuals within the LGBTQI community face is an undeniable reality.

However, we’d like to change the focus a little by introducing you to one of the many organizations that focuses on providing agency as well as an essential community platform members of the LGBTQI community in Africa and throughout the Diaspora: HOLAAfrica!

Tell us a little about who is behind this HOLAAfrica and what the organization is all about:

HOLAAfrica (HOLAA!) is a pan-Africanist Queer online collective run by four Queer women (a Kenyan, two South Africans and a Zimbabwean) on a mission to create a community where queer African women on the continent and in the diaspora would feel welcome to share our stories, exchange ideas, debate issues, and generally create a positive safe, fun and inclusive space.  

It started after being part of an action research project called “Young Women’s Leadership and Sexuality Project” and it became clear that African women didn’t have a space where they could grapple with issues around their identities, sexualities and tell stories about their lived experiences- hence HOLAA! was born.

HOLAA! seeks to create such a space with one of its driving forces being the production of queer content for women of colour by women of colour with an Afro-centric focus. 

Where does the inspiration for the name of your organization come from?

Initially HOLAA! was an acronym for Hub of Lesbian Action Africa but after many a discussion about the name we realized that it was limiting because it seemed to make it too exclusive and HOLAA! was all about sharing and caring. It wasn’t just for lesbians, but bisexuals, trans-women, women who identified as queer… basically anyone with an inclining of sexuality.  So it was changed to Hub of Loving Action Africa which reflects the fact that labels and categories are immaterial when it comes to women articulating themselves in HOLAA!’s spaces.

Also we did not want to let the acronym go as the idea is that HOLAA! is a space for uninhibited original expression by African women making HOLAA! is a homonym for “hollering” loudly, proudly and defiantly.

What inspired and/or motivated you to start a tumblr blog and how long have you been operating it?

The original HOLAA! is primarily a site that takes mostly written contributions from anyone who wants to share, however we are looking to branch into other mediums of expression in order to create a home for everyone, photographers, painters, dancers, anyone with a story to tell. Tumblr just seemed a logical step especially because it’s such an easy way of connecting with people with similar interests and sharing your original content.

The aim of using tumblr was to add an audio visual component to what HOLAA! was already doing and also to direct more traffic onto the central blog. And we loved the pictures floating around here. It’s been running about 3 months.

What do you enjoy most about blogging on tumblr and what do you want most for people to take away from your blog?

It’s just so easy to blog on tumblr - especially when it comes to videos and communicating with people.

The fact that people can ask HOLAA! questions anonymously is great because it allows us to communicate more effectively with the readership and LBGT Africans who do not know where to turn for support or just a little advice. We want to especially grow this part of HOLAA! for that reason. There is a need for community support especially online.

Are there any similar blogs on tumblr you’d like to recommend?

Blogs we love would definitely include:

Where else can you be found on the internet?

Main Blog:

This is where all the action happens, the heartbeat of it all. HOLAA! posts 100% original content, features and posts about events anyone is throwing.  

http://holaafrica.wordpress.com/

Twitter:

HOLAA! micoblogs on twitter as a way of generating discussion around central issues, spreading the word about events and creating a hub of information about what is happening in the world of Queer African women on the continent and in the diaspora. 

https://twitter.com/HOLAAfricaBlog or @HOLAAfricaBlog

Facebook:

We share a vast array of photos and articles in this part of the HOLAA! homestead.

https://www.facebook.com/HolaAfrica

VIDEO: An excerpt from Guinean film Dakan

Directed by Mohammed Camara, Dakan (Destiny) is a 1997 Guinean film that tells the story of two men, Manga and Sory, who struggle to deal with their love for each other and the impact their relationship has on their families.

The film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that year and has been described as the “first West African feature film to deal with homosexuality”.

Camara won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Foreign Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest for Dakan.

More than 20,000 people attended last Saturday’s Joburg Pride, the biggest-ever turnout for the longest-running and largest Pride event in Africa. Not all were there to ride floats, drink beer and dance to acts like Flash Republic, however.

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”.

The One in Nine campaigners hoped to secure a minute of silence to commemorate those members of the South African queer community who have been raped or slain over the past few years because of their sexual orientation or gender expression. They passed out leaflets listing 25 names of such individuals, noting that there were “countless more, unnamed and unknown”. But the activists did not find a receptive audience in the Pride participants leading the parade. Video footage shows an aggressive altercation between the activists and those parading, with the activists being pushed, sworn at, threatened with being driven over, and being told to “go back to your lokshins (townships)”. Police eventually moved the activists away.

By all accounts it was a nasty scene, and the aftermath has been nasty too. One in Nine activists accused Joburg Pride organisers of running a depoliticised, elitist, commercialised event totally divorced from what the real function of Pride should be. Joburg Pride organisers have accused the activists of ambushing a well-run event, behaving deliberately provocatively in order to make a stir, and committing the cardinal sin of airing the gay community’s dirty laundry in full view of all the heterosexuals. But such a spat has been building for some time, and the fracas is simply showing up community divides which have been there all along.

Gay activist Emily Craven’s highly readable paper, “Racial identity and racism in the gay and lesbian community in post-Apartheid South Africa”, provides a useful context for Saturday’s events. Written in 2010, it anticipates many of the problems around Joburg Pride today. “While race is probably the most recognised and studied societal fault-line in post-Apartheid South Africa, it is clear that contestation around Johannesburg Pride is far more complex,” she writes. “Issues around race, gender, class, gender identity, sexual orientation and the multiple intersections between these identities are all key to understanding the contestations around Pride.”

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African writers started “talking back” to the empire in the 1950s, but for a long time LGBTIAfrican writers did not join the conversation. Now that is changing.

The explosion of the internet and social media in Africa has had a lot to do with this. Internet access is growing more quickly here than anywhere else and is opening up an unlimited new space for queer Africans to interact. 

Up to now, most African LGBTI writers have focused, understandably, on activism. There hasn’t been a lot of room for imaginative writing. Now that too is beginning to change. At least two print collections of African LGBTI creative writing are in preparation, and there are some great new creative blogs. 

Q-zine is the only online magazine of African LGBTI arts and culture. We have been online since September 2011. All material is published in both French and English and republished on our website

Q-zine Issue 6, online December 2012, will be a special issue devoted entirely to African LGBTI creative writing. For this special issue, we are particularly interested in short stories, excerpts from novels in progress, poetry, and memoirs, but book and theatre reviews, personal essays, and profiles of/interviews with young African LGBTI authors are also welcome. We would also like to include some visual pieces such as photo-essays and graphic narratives.

Issue 6 will be co-edited by Q-zine lead editor John McAllister and award-winning Nigerian novelist Unoma Azuah. Please send your original, previously unpublished submissions in either English or French to the co-editors at: mkonommoja AT gmail.com orunomaazuah AT gmail.com

 

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2012.

EVENT: The Out in Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is back in Jozi and Cape Town, happening from 19-28th October, 2012.

androphilia:

I Am Gay And Muslim By Bram Belloni

① Morocco, Kenitra, 10 December 2011. Mandane (pseudo., 22) - Has confided in one female friend that he is gay, but he still withheld this from his parents. He feels that opening open about this will cause more harm.
② Morocco, Rabat, 05 November 2011. Rayan (pseudo., 21) - Has ‘come out’ to family and friends. Nearly all reactions were positive.
③ Morocco, Marrakech, 31 October 2011. Sebastien (36, right) and Rayan (pseudo., 21, left). Rayan and Sebastien met each other three years ago in Morocco. Sebastien lives in France and is a biology teacher.
④ Morocco, Rabat, 04 November 2011. Abdelwahid (19) - Was shadowed by his own father for suspected homosexual activity. Despite his religion and being attracted to men, he refuses to define people as ‘Muslim’ or ‘Gay’.
⑤ Morocco, Meknes, 15 December 2011. Titam (23) - Open about his homosexuality. Is accepted by his parents although they don’t want to speak about the subject.
⑥ Morocco, Rabat, 16 December 2011. Azar (29) - Thrown out of his home by his parents due to his homosexuality, spent three months in jail for a false claim of prostitution.
⑦ Morocco, Rabat, 09 February 2012. Brahim (pseudo., 21) - Muslim, grew up in a strict religious family, local athlete hero.

The family of Ahmed Ghoniem, the man stabbed and set alight in Sydney on Saturday, have spoken about him to police.

They said he left Egypt three or four years ago so that he could live a freer life in Australia where his sexuality could be openly expressed.

'He was a great friend,' said a cousin who asked not to be named, The Australian reports.

'We loved him very much and will miss him. He was passionate about his cooking and wanted to become a chef.'

Police said Ghoniem had marched in several Sydney Mardi Gras parades, was a regular at gay club Arq and worked in an innercity bar.

A neighbour said: ‘I used to see a lot of people coming in and out of his flat… but other than a lot of people, nothing out of the ordinary’.

Police are checking CCTV tapes to see who was in Ghoniem’s apartment with him on Saturday, when he was stabbed up to 20 time and set alight.

Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers in Australia on 1800 333 000.

dqueerafricans:

Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Call Me Kuchu highlights the final year in the life of activist and “Uganda’s first openly gay man”, David Kato.

“While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it tells the nuanced story of David and Kampala’s kuchus as they work to change their fate, and that of other kuchus across Africa.” (http://callmekuchu.com)

Kuchu is an umbrella term for LGBT persons in Uganda.

(via thefemaletyrant)

South African Olympian archer Karen Hultzer comes out at during tournament

Karen Hultzer, who is taking part in the London Olympics as an archer for South Africa, has made her first public statement regarding her sexuality to online LGBT sports blog OutSports.com.
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South African Olympian archer Karen Hultzer comes out at during tournament

Karen Hultzer, who is taking part in the London Olympics as an archer for South Africa, has made her first public statement regarding her sexuality to online LGBT sports blog OutSports.com.

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BOOK: Sex & Politics in South Africa (edited by Neville Hoad, Karen Martin & Grame Reid)

This book tells how South Africa came to lead the world in enshrining sexual equality in our Bill of Rights, which forms part of the Constitution.

The achievement, which has been hailed as a model for the rest of the world, did not come about without a long struggle. This was spearheaded by gender activists and movements during the 1980s, whose campaigns on the one hand evoked hostility from the apartheid state and were also dismissed as an irrelevance by conservative factions within the liberation movement. Indeed, the end of apartheid did not automatically guarantee that sexual equality would be realised, and the book explains how in the end this was achieved.

The volume draws upon the rich archive of the Gay and Lesbian association and incorporates fascinating first-hand documents from the time as well as essays by participants in the events and later commentators.

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I find this book cover very interesting considering the usual positioning of black males as the greatest threat to LGBTQI lives in South Africa and how white gay males are often afforded the most agency and representation in South Africa’s LGBTQI community.

President Joyce Banda has said she wants Malawi to overturn its ban on homosexual acts - the first African country to do so since 1994.

Two Malawian men were sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2010 after saying they were getting married.

Several Western leaders have recently said they would cut aid to countries which did not recognise gay rights.

Mrs Banda took power last month after her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, died of a heart attack.

She has since reversed several of his policies, including devaluing the currency, in a bid to get donor funding restored.

Many donors cut aid under Mr Mutharika, accusing him of economic mismanagement and political repression.

In a speech to parliament, which was broadcast live on national radio, Mrs Banda said: “The Indecency and Unnatural Acts laws shall be repealed.”

However, analysts say she may struggle to persuade parliament in the conservative country to overturn the law.

After a storm of international condemnation, Mr Mutharika did pardon the two Malawian men on “humanitarian grounds only” but said they had “committed a crime against our culture, against our religion, and against our laws”.

Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries.

In Uganda, an MP recently introduced a bill which stipulated the death penalty could be imposed for some homosexual offences, although he has since said he now wants this changed to life in prison.

South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriages are legal - discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned after a new constitution was introduced when white minority rule ended in 1994.

'Attempted coup'

Earlier this month, Mrs Banda said she did not want Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to attend an African Union summit Malawi is hosting in July.

She said she feared the “economic implications” if Mr Bashir visited the country in defiance of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges over the conflict in Darfur.

Relations with donors have already improved under Mrs Banda and the UK, which had been extremely critical of Mr Mutharika, is now urging other donors to restore funding as soon as possible.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and aid used to make up a large proportion of the national budget.

Mrs Banda was elected vice-president as Mr Mutharika’s running mate in 2009 but the pair had since fallen out.

When the president died, there were reports that Mr Mutharika’s allies attempted to sidestep the constitution to prevent her succeeding him.

Mrs Banda also announced that an official inquiry would be opened into this “attempted coup” and the circumstances of Mr Mutharika’s death.