Category: history


In response to a letter from Dawn coming out, Margaret Rutherford, Dawn’s adoptive mother, wrote:

“Our love for you could never change; be assured of this.“

Happy Mother’s Day

‘Space to coexist’: Inside South Africa’s LGBT…

‘Space to coexist’: Inside South Africa’s LGBT-friendly mosque:

Neatly laid out and facing Mecca, it is the colourful prayer mats arranged in a rainbow pattern that offer the first clue that the Masjid Ul-Umam mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, is not a typical place of worship.

Nearby, Tahir, a softly spoken man in his late 20s, sits between a gay imam from Zambia, a straight sheikh from Liberia and opposite a lesbian student from Ghana.

In the only African country to have legalised gay marriage, this modest-sized building is home to Africa’s first and most public LGBT-friendly mosque.

Trans Bantu Association of Zambia – Astraea Le…

Trans Bantu Association of Zambia – Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice:

Trans Bantu Zambia (TBZ) works to inform, educate and sensitise Trans* and intersex persons, particularly young people, families and their support structures. In 2014, they released their first book “We Exist,” made up of stories, poems and narratives of trans people living in Zambia, their families and allies.  TBZ promotes youth leadership, political and civic participation, wellness through sport and art and access to services (safety shelter, crisis counseling & therapy clinic, life skills school).


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Osh-Tisch, the Warrior

Osh-Tisch, the Warrior:

“Did the men ever tell you anything about a woman who fought… on the Rosebud?”
– Pretty Shield


We have been trying out a new thing with our Newsletter lately, so if you are interested in small doses of history and queer content once a week, check it out and tell us what you think!



Supported by Oxfam, VOVO provides a safe spa…

Supported by Oxfam, VOVO provides a safe space for LBT women in Zimbabwe to connect, share stories and raise the visibility of women’s issues within the broader LGBT community.

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I think Zimbabwe would have a lot of ‘actors’ …

I think Zimbabwe would have a lot of ‘actors’ and ‘actresses’,” Carol says. “You’re always in character. It takes a toll on the mind. Sometimes it’s just making it through the day and saying ok I didn’t get arrested. I got home after sunset and no-one mugged me. No one spiked my drink at the bar. No one sent me threatening messages.

Zimbabwe’s LGBT community: why civil rights an…

Zimbabwe’s LGBT community: why civil rights and health issues go hand in hand:

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa was asked during a recent interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos whether his country might change its stance on sexual minorities.

He replied that the law would continue to prevail, saying:

“In our Constitution it is banned – and it is my duty to obey my constitution.”

He then went on to say that “those people who want it [decriminalisation] are the people who should canvass for it.”

This sort of tacit acknowledgement of LGBT people as a group that could advocate for their rights and inclusion offers a glimmer of hope. After all, Mnangagwa’s predecessor offered no space at all for sexual minorities to argue their case. Perhaps change may yet come to Zimbabwe’s LGBT community – and to the country’s laws.