Magazines, books and films
Here you can find more colloquial information on life as a LGBT person in the different countries where Denmark are engaged in developmental partnerships: Magazines, references to book titles, film clips or references to these.
The second issue of Qzine, the online magazine for and about sexual minority communities in Africa.
From the editors: "For our second issue we’ve selected the most interesting contributions on the questions of identity and belonging, and clustered them around a stunning photo essay by California-based photographer Marc Allen Bland that highlights the issue of color – in both senses – and invites us to reassess our image of black queer identity."
The third issue of Qzine, the online magazine for and about sexual minority communities in Africa. In contains, amongst other things, a portrait of a Nigerian lesbian poet, an interview with a MSM human rights activist in Burkina Faso and two articles on LGBTI persons emigrating to Canada and Belgium.
From the editors: "Diversity is one of the watchwords of the LGBTIQ rights movement, but we don’t always honour the concept in our own culture. The G in LGBTIQ too often is taken – or takes itself – to be the default queer identity. Transsexuals and intersex people (especially) are treated as internal others. Queer media is dominated by gay male content that often makes only token attempts to include our own minorities."
The fourth issue of Qzine, the online magazine for and about sexual minority communities in Africa. In contains, amongst other things, articles by a human rights activists in Kenya, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
From the editors: "For this special issue, which marks Q-zine’s first anniversary, we wanted to collect and share mainly the stories of straight people about their trans, bisexual, intersex, lesbian, gay or queer loved ones. Too often we are written about as if we are our own people, completely apart from our straight mothers, cousins, brothers and friends, as if these people are incapable of completely loving and growing with us. So to celebrate our first year of publication, we decided to create a space for the voices of our straight loved ones to claim us as their own. When their voices are silent, it is those that would have us disappear that seem to speak the loudest."
The fifth issue of Qzine, the online magazine for and about sexual minority communities in Africa. This special issue is all about giving a voice to the voiceless. But it is also about the privilege, in bearing witness to these emerging voices, of beating the drum for some of the finest African creative talent of the future.
Above all, this special issue is about recognizing the intrinsic value of some of the creative gems who light up our world, yet never get a chance to shine in the mainstream media. Yet another way for Q-zine to fulfill its mission to promote a conversation by us and for us.
The sixth issue of Qzine, the online magazine for and about sexual minority communities in Africa.
As the contributions to this special issue of Q-zine show, the liberation that African LGBTI poets and story-tellers envision is as much internal and psychological as external and political. Like post-colonial liberation in general, LGBTI liberation is a process of decolonizing the mind. Just as the independence movements had to overcome internalized racism, LGBTI Africans have to fight a homophobia that presents itself as nativist and patriotic but is actually a colonial hangover.
We hope this special issue of African LGBTI creative writing by a rising generation of brave and talented young writers will point the way toward a future of proud, fearless LGBTI creative expression in Africa.