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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.
    Africans say SA’s queer ‘haven’ is hell
    Africans say SA’s queer ‘haven’ is hell
    “I am one of the people who say: ‘Home is the best’ ... Coming to this country, I was thinking that I was going to a little...
    Silence cloaks boy-on-boy sex abuse
    Silence cloaks boy-on-boy sex abuse
    Angelo Abrahams* smiles shyly as he walks into the tiny, cramped lounge of his parents’ home, a lone two-roomed structure on a farm approximately...
    Queers and the allure of gangs
    Queers and the allure of gangs
    Squeezed into her favourite red mini-skirt, Leslie van Rooyen, a sex worker at the time, ended her evening’s work and made her way to a Woodstock...
    Slice of life: Respect a mother’s word
    Slice of life: Respect a mother’s word
    A month after my father died, my partner, Thierry, and I were with my mom, back home in Bloemfontein. I was about to move to Cape Town to live here...
    The real Afrikaans experience
    The real Afrikaans experience
    ‘Are you sure? Fok, these leeskringe are usually a bunch of old white women,” Herman Lategan messages me in response to me telling him I would...
    Queer seniors left out in the cold
    Queer seniors left out in the cold
    For the past seven years, Derick de Kock has been working as a handyman at Cape Town’s Pride Shelter. In exchange for the “bit of everything”...
    The Joburg suburb ridding itself of 'immoral' sex workers — with pangas and bullets
    The Joburg suburb ridding itself of 'immoral' sex workers — with pangas and bullets
    Sandra Sithole* was unsure what it was that wooshed past her ear. She discovered it was a rubber bullet the painful way, when the second one hit...
    Education can cut initiate deaths
    Education can cut initiate deaths
    Thirty-four deaths at initiation schools have already been reported, according to Musa Zondi, spokesperson for the co-operative governance and...
    A lone gay man says 'enough' to hate rapes in Cape wheatlands
    A lone gay man says 'enough' to hate rapes in Cape wheatlands
    Marchillino Ambraal is not particularly in the mood for eating. He has had no appetite since what he refers to as “die voorvalle [the incidents]”. We are in a coffee shop near the Western Cape town of Ceres....
    Femicide takes its toll on children
    Femicide takes its toll on children
    Feels like I’ve been here beforeAll things don’t seem the same no moreAlthough I know I’m my mother’s childI gotta...
    Sex workers do it for their kids
    Sex workers do it for their kids
    “I never was the fantasy/ Of what you want or wanted me to be/ ... But don’t judge me so harsh, little girl/ So, you got a playboy...
    SA’s pioneer intersex and trans models
    SA’s pioneer intersex and trans models
    "God, I sound like Burt Reynolds or something. Thank God my boyfriend’s not here. I would have terrified him,” Lauren Foster says, letting out...