n Gender Questions - How to be a real gay: Gay identities in small-town South Africa, Graeme Reid : book review

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2309-9704



How do homosexual men, particularly those in small-town South Africa, negotiate a (gay) identity which is caught, as it were, between two almost opposing poles of influence? On the one hand a constitution which has been hailed as one of the most progressive and exemplary in the world in terms of its recognition of, respect for and protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) rights, and on the other hand a country in which tradition, and traditional values and culture, exert an influence of almost gravitational force in terms of its dismissal of homosexuality as a product of Western import and therefore fundamentally -African.

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