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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.
    Trans victory opens the door
    Trans victory opens the door
    Thato Moletsi pauses for a while, mulling over my question: What ultimately led him, a transgender man, to take the Botswana government to court in...
    Outcry over Inxeba’s porn rating
    Outcry over Inxeba’s porn rating
    This week’s decision by the Film and Publications Board Appeals Tribunal to reclassify Inxeba (The Wound) with an X18 rating — one...
    Slice of life: The taste of Africa
    Slice of life: The taste of Africa
    I was about 14 or 15 when I read a book called Without a Silver Spoon. I can’t remember who the author is or where it was set but what stood out...
    Botswana’s queer creatives push for change
    Botswana’s queer creatives push for change
    “This used to be the most popping neighbourhood,” Gape Khudu says, of Phase Two in Gaborone, where he shares a house with his close friend,...
    ‘Inxeba wounds our cultural practice’
    ‘Inxeba wounds our cultural practice’
    A gay love story set in an initiation school was bound to ruffle feathers.
    Bill aims to fix same-sex marriage glitch
    Bill aims to fix same-sex marriage glitch
    The Civil Union Act was a huge step forward for equality in South Africa, allowing same-sex couples to get married. But because of one “constitutionally unacceptable” proviso, couples are being turned away by the department of home affairs — prompting the introduction of an...
    Intersex babies killed at birth because ‘they’re bad omens’
    Intersex babies killed at birth because ‘they’re bad omens’
    There was nervous excitement in the air — Amogelang’s* sister was about to give birth.
    'I didn't want to die' - queers battle prison system
    'I didn't want to die' - queers battle prison system
    "Why are these gays here?” the prison official asked, pointing at the two openly gay men seated in their prison cell.
    Slice of life: Science for a better future
    Slice of life: Science for a better future
    I live in Alexandra and when there are heavy rains sewage comes up into the streets. The water that comes up there stinks and it is really...
    ‘The I in LGBTI stands for invisible, ignored’
    ‘The I in LGBTI stands for invisible, ignored’
    Crystal Hendricks and her sister have lived in the same three-bedroom house for more than 30 years. But it was only a few months ago that the...
    Boys endanger manhood to be men
    Boys endanger manhood to be men
    Carrying little more than a blanket, a pocket knife and a live chicken, Bongani Gcwanini set out for an initiation school he hoped to attend.
    ‘Ambassadors’ for trans surgery rally for better services
    ‘Ambassadors’ for trans surgery rally for better services
    It has been 12 years since Thando Thengwa started the physical process of aligning her body to her gender — 12 years “of always knocking on...