We use a lot of language here that people who are just entering the community may not understand so we just wanted to take a moment to explain some of these words
TERF- This is an acronym that stands for Transgender Exclusive Radical Feminist, this is often a term people self-identitfy with, and describes a group of feminists who have decided that only cisgender women deserve to have their rights protected under feminism. This group then works to actively exlcude transgender people from feminist spaces, strategies they use include attacking transgender people physically and emotionally.
We generally try to use this term only when the person or group uses it to describe themselves, otherwise we just use the word transphobic.
-When not using this acronym to describe a person it can also be used to describe a type of expresssion or behaviour that uses feminist language to justify ideologies that would otherwise be seen as regressive, as that is the main and most effective strategy of the TERF movement.
TWERF- This acronym stands for Transgender Women Exclusive Radical Feminist, which means they specifically work to target transgender women and exclude them from feminist spaces.
Acephobia- A prejudice against asexual people.
Lesbophobia- A prejudice against lesbian people.
Biphobia- A prejudice against bisexual people.
Homophobia- A prejudice againste gay people.
Transphobia- A prejudice against transgender people.
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But he himself defined his role within the queer movement quite beautifully, saying, “I am proud, that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.” (Read full article)
African myths about homosexuality | Blessing-Miles Tendi:
The standard explanation offered by Africans opposed to gay rights is that homosexuality is alien to their culture and was introduced to Africa by European colonialists. A good deal of African-American homophobia relies on the same justification. But late 19th-century records on Africa and African oral history show that homosexual practices existed in pre-colonial Africa. One case in point are the Azande people in the north-east of modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where it was acceptable for kings, princes and soldiers to take young male lovers.
Further evidence for the existence of homosexuality is that pre-colonial African ethnic groups ascribed tribal classifications to gay people. While some of these categorisations had negative associations, many had neutral connotations. Certain tribes in pre-colonial Burkina Faso and South Africa regarded lesbians as astrologers and traditional healers. A number of tribal groups in Cameroon and Gabon believed homosexuality had a medicinal effect. In pre-colonial Benin, homosexuality was viewed as a boyhood phase that males passed through and eventually grew out of.
Singing out in Angola | The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA):
Titica is one of Angola’s most popular Kuduro singers and received a 2012 Kora nomination for best female artist in Southern Africa. She is also a regular guest on state television, has performed for President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and her catchy music pumps from speakers in taxis and nightclubs around the capital Luanda, and beyond.
Some achievement for any musician, but especially so for a transsexual in a predominantly Catholic country, where sexual minorities are discriminated against, same-sex relationships are not recognised by the constitution and homosexual intercourse is punishable by hard labour.