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Queer Politics, South Africa

Free Gender

Free Gender is a blog by a group of 14 young Black Queer South Africans, living in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.  The group was started by Funeka Soldaat in 2008.   One of the main focuses of the group is to campaign for justice for  Zoliswa Nkonyana who was brutally murdered on February 4th 2006 by a gang of 20 men and Millicent Gaika who was beaten and raped on the 6th April 2010.

With the support of Funeka and visual activist,  Zanele Muholi, the group started the blog as a way of documenting their lives, their challenges and hopes.   The group have no funding but still their vision is to build a supportive community for themselves based on mutual teaching and learning.   Through the blog they are developing their writing, journalistic and photographic skills.   The next step is the young women want to extend their community to include  young queer women of colour in Europe and America with the aim of building alliances and learning from each other.

Last Monday the group held a rally outside the parliamentary building in Cape Town to demand the government take concrete and meaningful action against the rape of Black lesbians in the Townships.

Held in their left hands were wooden crosses that symbolize crucifixion — brutal killings that our lesbians friends have encountered at the hands of perpetrators and further face revictimization at the hands of police who often stall the cases.
Speaking to one supporter who said that “We are here because want our parliament to recognize ‘us’ and our needs”. Another speaker spoke of …

Unlike other previous protests that took place in the past at various places like Khayelitsha Magistrate court (for Zoliswa Nkonyana’s case) and Wynberg Magistrate court (in support of Millicent Gaika) who survived curative rape in 2010, the rally was a silent one. No struggle songs sung which suggests anger, pain, irritation and impatience cause by several delays, lost cases, worsened by lost cases and other matters thrown out of court due to what justice system call ‘lack of evidence.’

2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Wow! Thanks for this!

  2. Bobbower

    you have and always will have my fullest support , i am hetero , but am disgusted to see and hear that the stupidity of some humans still exists elsewhere in the world, i experience stupidity on a daily basis in europe , and we tend to say oh how silly or how stupid some are , the fact is it is all wrong and must be dealt with accordingly from the start , or it is not being dealt with ,
    I know you may be frightened , but it is not your mistake it is the intolerance and inability of dumm people to change their thinking , even more saddening is the clarity of the facvt that politics in south africa are still incapable of functioning as it should and protecting the rights of every single individual ,
    now i am not gay , but if this goes on i may just try it out to find out if the mentality of humans remains dumm , god i hate humans