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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.
    Are Southern Africa’s human rights commissions equipped to protect queer rights?
    Are Southern Africa’s human rights commissions equipped to protect queer rights?
    Eric Sambisa’s gamble did not pay off. In December 2015, the Malawian became the first person to openly come out as gay on national television....
    Slice of Life: The harsh light shines on purpose
    Slice of Life: The harsh light shines on purpose
    I used to work at the University of Cape Town as one of the support staff. Transformation was always important to me, so I joined our staff...
    Are Southern Africa’s Human Rights Commissions equipped to protect queer rights?
    Are Southern Africa’s Human Rights Commissions equipped to protect queer rights?
    Eric Sambisa’s gamble did not pay off. In December 2015, the Malawian became the first person to openly come at as gay on national television....
    Aunty Titi finds a home on Cape Flats
    Aunty Titi finds a home on Cape Flats
    As we sit outside her one-bedroom shack in the Cape Flats township of Tambo Village, passers-by greet Tiwonge Chimbalanga warmly — alternating between “skwiza”, “aunty” and, more commonly, “Aunty Titi”....
    ‘I asked for a child, not a girl or boy’
    ‘I asked for a child, not a girl or boy’
    For years, Kim Foultien hid from her parents the abuse she suffered. “I felt like I could deal with it on my own,” she says of her life at...
    LGBTI fight for a home in the ANC
    LGBTI fight for a home in the ANC
    It was a queer beauty pageant, but some guerrilla tactics were necessary. The organisers of Ms Gay Northern Cape were frustrated with what they saw...
    Ingenuity, fair play guide efforts to help Uber and meter taxis stay in their lanes
    Ingenuity, fair play guide efforts to help Uber and meter taxis stay in their lanes
    “I ran like a lost dog that night, looking for help ... But nobody was able to help me.” Mabandla Patjuju recalls the night two hijackers took...
    Court ruling a victory for married transgender people
    Court ruling a victory for married transgender people
    A recent judgment ensures that transgender people who transitioned after they got married don’t have to get divorced to have their gender...
    Queer rights activists make their presence known in Parliament
    Queer rights activists make their presence known in Parliament
    With copies of the 2016 Hate Crimes Report in hand, Lerato Phalakatshela walked the corridors of Parliament, going door-to-politician’s-door,...
    Searching for new queer terms
    Searching for new queer terms
    Matula (taboo). Matudzi (bad omen). If you are a queer person in Venda, this is what you are called.
    Mass arrests of Nigerian ‘gay’ men
    Mass arrests of Nigerian ‘gay’ men
    For Yusuf Abbasi, being deprived of food was not the worst part of being locked up for almost three days. “They wouldn’t allow us to do our...