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Carl Collison

Carl Collison

Carl Collison is the Other Foundation’s Rainbow Fellow at the Mail & Guardian. He has contributed to a range of local and international publications, covering social justice issues as well as art and is committed to defending and advancing the human rights of the LGBTI community in Southern Africa.
    The category is... Living it up at Le Grand Ball
    The category is... Living it up at Le Grand Ball
    There was something completely different about this competition’s backstage dressing room. There were exclamations of insecurity, sure. But here,...
    Africa needs to hear queer stories
    Africa needs to hear queer stories
    It was something of a rocky start, I’d say. The brief — which I somehow convinced those interviewing me I could pull off — was...
    Check coaches at the school gates
    Check coaches at the school gates
    There was excitement in the Johnson family when Brett Johnson* took his daughters, then aged nine and 10, to the first practice session of the...
    Slice of life: These women still shape me
    Slice of life: These women still shape me
    It was only when an older woman got into the taxi that the other women seemed to come alive. Her gravelly-voiced “san’bonani” was followed by...
    Drag queen’s push against gangs
    Drag queen’s push against gangs
    Elhaam Davids lives with her 10-year-old son, Lyle, in Rondom-Tik, an informal settlement adjacent to Lavender Hill. Loosely translated as...
    Walking Uganda’s martyrs’ route
    Walking Uganda’s martyrs’ route
    Namugongo — It took him eight days, but Girimana Gasper finally reached his destination, the martyrs’ shrines in Namugongo...
    Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in historic judgment
    Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in historic judgment
    In a victory for queer people in Botswana, the Gaborone high court on Tuesday ruled sections of Botswana’s Penal Code which criminalises same-sex...
    Act will take revenge on porn
    Act will take revenge on porn
    It was not so much the “ping” of the incoming WhatsApp message that startled me as what it contained. A video clip. Two guys. Fucking. No...
    ​Kenya high court will not repeal anti-LGBT law
    ​Kenya high court will not repeal anti-LGBT law
    In what is being described as “a blow for human rights”, the Kenya high court on Friday ruled that laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and...
    Church hid pastor’s abuse, says dad
    Church hid pastor’s abuse, says dad
    Maureen Johnson* found out that her uncle had been molesting her daughter when he confessed to her in front of a pastor that he had “asked my...
    Freedom comes at the cost of love
    Freedom comes at the cost of love
    Close on five years into his forced conscription into the Syrian army, bombs smashed into the military base in the city of Deir ez-Zor, where Fadi...
    Read a human for a life change
    Read a human for a life change
    Stepping out of the house of one of Hanover Park’s high-ranking gang members — who had been shot in another of the area’s gang battles...