Author: Angie Gallagher

Remembering AIDS icon and activist, Nkosi Johnson

Written by on 5 February 2020

In a time when 24.5 million of the 37.9 million people living with HIV (that’s 62%) globally have access to the antiretroviral medication they so direly need to live full and healthy lives, it’s difficult to look back at a time when HIV/AIDS denialism was at its height. Then-president Thabo Mbeki and former health minister, […]

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Common misconceptions about the trans community

Written by on 5 February 2020

Trans rights are always on the LGBTQI+ community’s agenda, not least because this demographic group is considered one of the most vulnerable among the general population. Not only do trans people experience disproportionate amounts of violence and discrimination, but recent statistics from Stonewall also revealed that 45% of trans young people have attempted suicide. Much […]

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5 LGBT rap and hip hop stars that rattled the cages

Written by on 5 February 2020

Hip hop’s heteronormative roots run deep, and it’s only recently that its queer artists have started coming out and lending some colour to a genre that has been very black and white about its conservative attitudes towards homosexuality. Lil Nas X caused a stir in 2019 when he came out on the last day of […]

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LGBTQI+ royalty comes to roost at 11th Feather Awards

Written by on 18 October 2019

Now in its 11th year, the annual Feather Awards were held at 1 Fox Street in downtown Johannesburg on 17 October. Meant to honour both members of the queer community and the allies that stand in solidarity with it, the awards ceremony was hosted by Rami Chuene, Moshe Ndiki and Pabi Moloi. The event was […]

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Mattel’s gender-neutral doll is more than just a toy

Written by on 7 October 2019

The creators of perhaps the most iconic doll in the world have released a new range of gender-neutral dolls in an aim to appeal to younger consumers, who are increasingly looking for toys that are not explicitly aimed at either boys or girls. Mattel’s Creatable World dolls come in six different skin tones and do […]

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Feathers, celebs encourage MSM to #PrEPup

Written by on 7 October 2019

As a part of Engage Men’s Health’s #PrEPup campaign, two of South Africa’s most beloved openly gay celebrities have come out in support of this revolutionary preventative measure against HIV infection. MetroFM presenter, Bujy Bikwa, and YouTube sensation and star of The Queen on Mzansi Magic, Moshe Ndiki are the faces of the campaign, which […]

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‘Against any form of injustice and oppression’: Listen to Prof Allan Boesak’s address on the church’s attitude towards the LGBTQI community

Written by on 7 October 2019

The relationship between the LGBTQI+ community and the church has always been strained, save for the few religious organisations that have, of late, openly advocated for sexual minorities and welcomed them into their congregations without favour or condemnation. Earlier this year, this issue was the focus of a three-day convening at the Diakonia Centre in […]

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