Are your horizons unbroad? Your existence eked out within a 5-mile radius of your living room? Your perspectives tinted by your position on the geopolitical map? Well, that’s what I’m here for. I bring you a nugget of horror to remind you that being a woman isn’t just about the right to a disfiguring boob job.
While Oprah hand-picks the gals with the most “moxie” for her zillion-dollar leadership/beauty school, South African thugs have been raping and murdering lesbians. Among the most recent wave of executions were prominent Soweto AIDS activists Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa, found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on July 8. Although South Africa has amended its constitution to disallow discrimination against lesbians and gays, it has no hate crime legislation. Homophobia continues to flourish, which leads to assertions that vastly more numerous incidents of anti-GLBT violence have taken place than have been reported; victims themselves are closeted, or their families don’t want anything to do with The Gay. Like the US, this is a country with leaders who like to trample over two or three hundred human rights before breakfast. Which South African official suggests lemon and garlic as a cure for HIV? That’s right. The health minister.
You will not find reports on this story without venturing out beyond Google News. As far as dykes in the media are concerned, murdered black South African lesbians are not 1/1000th as riveting as an upcoming “steamy lesbian romp” featuring Portia de Rossi in some cable TV dudefantasy.
More information about this and other gay-in-Africa issues at Behind the Mask.