Author: Katleho Mositoane

Where To Next?

Written by on 6 August 2019

These words probably resonate well with travel enthusiasts. Travelling is good for the soul: it gives a peace of mind; it provides real-life education; it brings fun and above all, it creates lifetime memories. But not everyone has the complete freedom to pursue the wonderful gift of travel. LGBTQ people’s burning passion for travel is […]

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LGBTQ+ Homelessness And How Pride Shelter Is Helping

Written by on 16 July 2019

Certainly one of the most depressing realities that the LGBTQ+ community has to endure is homelessness. There are many factors that lead to LGBTQ+ homelessness. One prime factor, you may agree, is family rejection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The thought of being rejected by one’s own family – regardless of […]

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The Phony ‘Straight Pride’

Written by on 25 June 2019

Internationally, the month of June is recognised as pride month for the LGBTIQ+ community to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969. The word ‘pride’, in this context, is used as an antonym for ‘shame’ or ‘disgrace’ – words which were and are still used to describe anything that is not hetero. The phrase ‘gay […]

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Written by on 10 June 2019

One of the things that recently reassured me that our society is far from accepting certain realities is the public outcry that came after the publishing of an article hinting at the possibility of including, among other things, LGBTIQ+ related topics in South African schools’ curriculum. This flak proved that narrow-mindedness still engulfs our civilisation. […]

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There’s A Need To Come Out

Written by on 24 May 2019

The idea of announcing something as natural as breathing always baffled me. I was fazed by how people make a big deal out of non-heterosexuality. I simply didn’t see the point in ‘coming out’. “Straight people don’t come out, why should we?” I always asked. But that was then. I grew up to understand that […]

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Waiting to see what happens

Written by on 23 May 2019

South Africa is now past the 2019 general elections. The campaigns atmosphere which saw politicians out in full force, making promises to grassroots citizens is now a thing of the past. For some, this means going back to a sad and dark reality. A lot of promises were made to the LGBTQ+ community, too. For […]

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Written by on 13 May 2019

“I don’t support your lifestyle but it’s your choice, so I can’t judge you.” Let’s deal with these words, shall we? We face a plethora of diverse criticism based on our sexual orientations. But I’d guess that each one of us has, at some stage, heard the above words from people who think they’re liberal […]

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Break the silence around intersex community

Written by on 17 April 2019

The continued silence around the intersex community contributes immensely to the issues facing intersex people and those close to them. This stillness, whether consciously or unconsciously, magnifies the ill-treatment of intersex people – which usually manifests in the coercion of these individuals to “fix” their gender ambiguity. By definition, intersex means “a person born with […]

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