Guest Editor’s Note: November 2021

reflecting on shame, madness and being queer by mpho ndaba At the age of 22, towards the completion of my bachelor’s degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, I decided that going…

Portrait of Ladies on Fire

by Arabang Raditapole Love knows no gender, and when passion calls, the heart must obey.  The painting is about two women in the 80’s who unexpectedly fall in love with each other. A love so str…

Odd Musical Playlist

Curated by Hlabi Moetanalo

Pride Personified 

Interviews by Angelo de Klerk To celebrate October Pride Month Angelo de Klerk selected 5 members of the LGBT+ community, creating a diverse group of people for a diverse group of answers.   MonD The …

Flaunt your Pride Lil Nas X: transgressive queerness and subversive masculinity in Hip-Hop (pop) culture

by Kamogelo Molobye Lil Nas X is a deviant menace to society. He flaunts his queerness, making heteronormativity uneasy and uncomfortable, and I for one love it. As a gay male rapper, he threatens the…

Together with Pride

Poems by Alun Robert Together with Pride walking out close togetherarm in arm clasped tightkaleidoscope of colourplethora of prideoff from cold shadowsto the warm of summer sunpassing towers of prejud…

Give Me Grace

by Olivia Nolan  Give me the grace to have no answerThe space to act it outThe dignity to knowThis is not for showAnd trustIt’s not for clout Give me assurance that you won’t beA source of any vi…

The princess refuses to take Cinderella to the ball

by Samantha Maposa  in the girls’ bathroom mirrorthe sawdust of the rising winter sunglitters on your brown topaz eyes.realize, your palms are wanting,thirsty chrysanthemums hungry for water.we s…

Letters to Myself 

Poems by Sarah Asmali Dear sexuality I wrote a gratitude list concerning you. I would like to thank you for the following: Because of you I have learnt empathy towards minority groups.Although you may…

I am Sketchman

Poems by Thalén Rogers  It’s a girl! As I come out of the womb, I hear, “It’s a girl!” Scrubbed up doctors, happy parents, That’s what they said. Long hair, dresses, the colour pink. Flowers, baby dol…

An Odd Journey: Pride

A Short Story Series by Amir Bagheri Part VIII Pride Roya Nobody, really, understands me. They all think that they do because I pretend to be aloof and easy to understand; I guess I am a people’s plea…

Queer African Reading List

by Tahzeeb Akram and Jon Wilson Being queer in Africa, a queer Africa and queering Africa are not the same thing across time, borders, and internal boundaries       -Pumla Dineo Gqola As renowned dire…