South Africa’s Constitution of 1996 is considered one of the most progressive ever written. It includes a ban on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and protects the rights of people regarding sexual orientation. South Africa is also a country in which plenty of musicians and public figures are openly gay. The legal framework is set. The public visibility is prominent and constantly increasing. Yet, the LGBTI+ community in South Africa faces a set of discriminatory practices: Violence, harassment, intimidation and hate crimes are common.
Ending homophobia and transphobia is a goal they have yet to reach. How will they get there? Artists like Zanele Muholi, Nakhane and FAKA are among the voices actively leading the charge for substantial change. A change that should include all queer identities, regardless of disabilities, race and wealth.
We hope to create a set of events that will highlight the case of South Africa and connect it to the situation in Norway. Even though the countries are 14 000 kilometers away from each other, they could have more in common than what meets the eye. The seminar will be a celebration of a marginalized community through art. It will emphasise an African way of re-imagining Africa, which considers African queerness and the new global discourse which includes non-binary representations of sexuality and identity.
FAKA, Nakhane and Moonchild Sanelly are also a part of Oslo World’s South African pride in Kulturkirken Jakob – Mzansi Pride.
In collaboration with Skeiv Verden, PRIDE, Fellesrådet for Afrika.