The Country We Want to Live In: Hate crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans

Mkhize, N. (Nonhlanhla) ; Bennett, J. (Jane) ; Reddy, V. (Vasu)


The country we want to live in: Hate crimes and homophobia in the lives of black lesbian South Africans offers a refreshing perspective on violence perpetrated against black lesbians. It also profiles the voices of women who are central to the activism around hate crimes and homophobia. In capturing key aspects of the lively discussion of 2006, an update of subsequent events that have bearing on the original seminar is provided, concluding with recommendations that have relevance for research, policy and practice. The country we want to live in makes an impassioned plea about citizenship, belonging and social justice, confirming that silence about these issues is not an option. PART I: Context and History Context and socio-political background Language and vocabulary The delimitations of this report PART II: Perspective and Profile Roundtable Seminar on Gender-Based Violence, Black Lesbians, Hate Speech and Homophobia PART III: Current and Future Prospects Legally-focused campaigning Conclusions and Recommendations: a way forward?

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University of Cape Town

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