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A world without fear
Christina Engela - 2010-07-21
Xenophobia? What’s that? Recently there were some widely publicised outbreaks of violence in South Africa which were directed at foreigners living in the country, particularly illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Somalia. The term xenophobia was applied to these acts of violence, and many have taken it to mean only this sort of attack on foreign nationals living among the local population – attacks fuelled by differences of nationality only. Sorry to burst this little nationalistic...

Building a better mousetrap
Christina Engela - 2010-07-15
I noted the other day the similarities between some ancient South American religions and modern puritanical Christian fundamentalism. This is, of course, only my conclusion – but feel free to take it all with a pinch of salt (and, if it is your "world-view", light). The Maya, Toltec and Inca practised human sacrifice of their enemies to satisfy the wrath of their blood-thirsty gods. Oddly enough, despite this minor shortcoming, we miss the contribution their cultures made to the body of scientific...

Religion - the guilt-edged sword
Christina Engela - 2010-07-06
When we think of human relationships, the relationships between people, whether friendships or romances, we often come to a point where there is a parting of ways - a place where friendships stop being rewarding, when a love relationship ceases to be a love relationship and just devolves into something less. Just like a marriage where the love has exited stage left, all things end - and attempting to keep them alive artificially serves no purpose other than to drag things out to the very bitter,...

Leave no one behind
Christina Engela - 2010-06-30
"We often refer to our diverse community of sexual minorities as "GLBT", including main groupings such as Gay, Lesbian (also gay), Bisexual and Transgender. Sometimes, when we feel generous, we add on the “I” for “Intersex”. Perhaps when we run into groups that confuse us, or defy classification into the other main groups, we tack on the "Q" for “Queer” or “Questioning” – although I have to wonder who it is that is doing the questioning....

Stukkies van New York!
Egon - 2010-06-25
Ek kyk by die venster uit. Die vliegtuig se vlerk verdwyn kort-kort soos slierte sneeu my uitsig belemmer. Ons skrik verbaas toe die wiele die aarde soos ’n ligvoetige danser raak. Omdat dit bedek was onder ’n poeierwit mantel, kon ons nie die aanloopbaan sien nader kom nie. JFK “Welcome to John F Kennedy Airport,” kom die stem oor die interkom. “New York, New York,” volg Frank Sinatra in my kop. “These vagabond shoes are longing to stray; right through...

Sorry, I'm Hatred-Intolerant
Christina Engela - 2010-06-22
Why do some men feel that being gay is somehow an affront to their masculinity? What are they so afraid of? Their own sexuality and of falling out of the closet? That, or are they afraid gay men have bigger dicks? I know some women who have bigger balls. Oh wait, I am one. Let a girl just choose a girl over a man, and they feel they are "less of a man" for it and get all defensive, as if it has anything at all to do with them. That's right - they seem to think that a woman's taste in men (or...

Puppet electorate
Christina Engela - 2010-06-14
Something is still really wrong with our democracy in South Africa. The poorest of the poor are still intimidated into voting for particular parties – being told that their homes will be burned to the ground if they do not vote a particular way. They believe this, not realising that their ballots are secret, and so the vote generally does go a certain way. Intimidation is as much a part of a real democracy as is an ignorant voter – not at all. Our country is very young in terms of understanding...

Double think
Christina Engela - 2010-06-08
I recently learned of the South African government’s pandering to religious fundamentalist groups, and began warning of this threat to civil rights and freedoms as protected by the Constitution. Just this week I saw a news article announcing further confirmation of this collusion between the deputy minister of home affairs in particular and the religious right wing, in the form of the Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA). It reminds me of the old National Party government and the old apartheid...

Hook, line and stinker
Christina Engela - 2010-06-03
In a new press release in which the Family Research Council (of Focus on the Family and James Dobson infamy) dragged an eight-year-old "study" out of mothballs and served it up with today's sauce, they once again misrepresent scientific data to undermine human rights and promote their own fascist agenda: WASHINGTON, DC – Family Research Council released a new analytic report today showing that women who did not grow up with their biological mother and father are much more likely to...

Hate The Sin, Hate The Sinner
Christina Engela - 2010-05-25
Where I come from, being called a bigot used to be an insult, and being called bigoted was an accusation people used to take very seriously. Considering that I grew up in South Africa during the last years of the apartheid regime, and was schooled under its influence, this is a revealing scenario. In those days, liberals used to refer to people as bigots because they were supporting and defending racist policies, and were very enthusiastic about it. Very often, the same people used to "categorically...

Rainbow unity
Christina Engela - 2010-05-18
Last week I noticed again that people refer to the rainbow flag as "the gay flag". I have often heard it referred to as such, but for the first time I really thought about it. Is it really? We have quite a diverse community, consisting of gay men, gay women (or lesbians), bisexual people, transgender people (including transsexuals, drag queens, transvestites, she-males) and intersex people. There are also other subgroups, such as pansexuals, panromantics, the gender-queer and asexuals....

Is there something we can do?
Christina Engela - 2010-05-11
There are groups in South Africa which are claiming to be able to "cure" gay people, as though human sexual orientation and gender identity is some form of disease or "lifestyle choice". Their attack on human rights and freedom of expression comes entirely from the perspective of religious conservatism and fundamentalism and has no basis in fact, reality, science or medicine whatsoever. They claim we are "broken", burdened with "unwanted SSA" (Same Sex Attraction), that we are somehow in...

Family Policy Institute - deciding for you what you can and can't have access to
Christina Engela - 2010-04-22
Like me, you might not like porn - I really have other interests, and I wouldn't waste my bandwidth on it, but I certainly don't place myself in the position where I think I should tell people what they should be allowed to do or watch in private and on their own time - as long as it doesn't hurt anyone, of course. Now, aside from murder, rape, paedophilia and grand theft, I can't think of any reason why adult porn could be harmful to anyone. In fact, even smoking is more harmful. However,...

''Bloedskande''
Christina Engela - 2010-04-12
Bloedskande in Afrikaans, literally translated, means "blood scandal" – and yes, what is being done to the dignity, equality and humanity of gay and transgender people wherever discrimination is being enforced by blood services is nothing less than scandalous. I read the linked article "Transgender blood donors in New Zealand" on the topic of discrimination against gay and transsexual or transgender blood donors in New Zealand. The idiotic reasoning employed by the NZ blood...

Will the real Christians please stand up?
Christina Engela - 2010-03-24
I'm sorry if you are a Christian and if you are open-minded and if you take offence at this article, because you may feel this is directed at you. It is. That is, it is directed to you to show you what fundamentalism is and what it does and what it looks like - and why it has to be stopped. Rest assured, I am aware that there are other kinds of Christians - the kind that concern themselves with their own wellbeing - and the wellbeing of their own spirituality. The kind that lives by the...

The parent trap
Christina Engela - 2010-02-19
Parents ... tricky subject We love them, we get angry with them sometimes when they move in on our space, but mostly we love them. We love them for being mom and dad, we love them for telling us stories when we’re little, for piggybacking us around the house, for buying us little surprises, for tucking us in at night and for chasing away the monsters under the bed. We’re angry with them sometimes for stopping us from doing things we want to do, for sending us to our rooms, for...

For Richard
Christina Engela - 2010-02-10
I received a letter on SêNet the other day, a comment on one of my articles, filled with disdain for truth and fact. The writer is clearly under the impression that he is on some sort of modern crusade to save the world against the deadly "homosexual agenda". LOL, as they say in chat spaces and forums. Who, I wonder, is going to save the world from them? I wouldn’t want to enter into any sort of tit-for-tat engagement with Christina Engela. Personally I have always thought...

To prove gravity, drop the hammer
Christina Engela - 2010-01-27
"Do you have any scientific evidence that [Qwelane] is a homophobe?" ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu asked Mail & Guardian this week. Has this man even bothered to look for a definition of homophobia? The definition hasn't changed, has it? Has he even read any of JQ's articles? Here it is, from Wikipedia – if you are unsure of what a homophobe is, please read it and familiarise yourself with it. Homophobia is a term for a range of negative attitudes and...

What is the price of freedom?
Christina Engela - 2010-01-11
It seems almost undeniable that every modern religion has to have an enemy or a scapegoat. Without something to fear, clerics would have nothing to warn against, nothing to unite people under them with. No bogeyman or big bad wolf to keep the flock encircling the camp fire in the dark night of the soul, so to speak. Without some threat, real or imaginary, they would have nothing to point fingers at and say that is why we are God's chosen people and they are not. An old saying which puts...

Fearless leaders
Christina Engela - 2009-12-15
So there I was, thinking that just when you think nothing can actually get worse in South Africa … Eugène Terre'Blanche relaunches the AWB in Pretoria and makes headlines. I mean, with the effects of the recession, blatant extortion by Eskom, SAA planes falling from the sky, passenger trains colliding, the collapse of the public health system, spiralling violent crime, and the continued implosion of government services due to incompetence and corruption … they actually...

Physical attraction
Christina Engela - 2009-12-08
The stars above, once bright, Now black holes, devouring light. My future now limited in so many ways, All my tomorrows are yesterdays. In honour of the "16 Days of activism" against abuse and violence against women and children in South Africa, I thought I would address something in that vein. Forgive me if I address it from the point of view of the gay or transgender woman this time, because I see so little being said or done in the mainstream media for women like us...

A matter of faith
Christina Engela - 2009-12-01
Some religions respect and even defend human rights, but many devalue them and view them as a “threat” to their own existence. What we are seeing emerging in Africa today is a chilling wake-up call – that there is religion and fanaticism, that there are Christians and also “Christians”, those who call themselves the “faithful” – and those who mark themselves as fundamentalists. To my thinking, faith doesn't define a person, people define the...

The Fundamentalist Agenda: Part 4
Christina Engela - 2009-11-17
“The Persecution State” Uganda has made itself the perfect example of what happens when religion seizes control of government and holds its people hostage to unrealistic intrusion into their private lives and tramples their human rights underfoot, aided by the willing collusion of those whom such things suit. For a decade or longer, rightwing conservative religious groups from South Africa and the USA have been playing God here, plying their little experiment - and today we can...

The Fundamentalist Agenda: Part 3
Christina Engela - 2009-11-11
“Feet Of Clay, Hearts Of Stone” In this third part of the series I want to take a deeper look at the ideology that drives the religious right, and more specifically the Christian fundamentalist right wing. I will try to define it as well as to put it in focus. Fundamentalists. What makes them tick? More to the point, what is it that makes them tick and ticks the rest of us off? In digging deeper we will have to look at several ideologies central to the ethos...

The Fundamentalist Agenda: Part 2
Christina Engela - 2009-11-05
The ACDP - Plethora of lies In part 1 of this series on the fundamentalist groups in South Africa I examined the hypocrisy, paradox and diatribe in the content of the ACDP’s own official website. In the second part I will be examining the press releases and commentary by the ACDP and its representatives since 1994. As these are harder and harder to come by the further back one digs, they tend to become thinner and thinner on the ground – however, when I find one, I am usually...

The Fundamentalist Agenda: Part 1
Christina Engela - 2009-10-27
The ACDP – Web of DeceitI thought I would take a brief look at the fundamentalist Christian right wing in South Africa in a short series of articles titled “Fundamentally Speaking”. As I am sure many of us know, the largest South African political party that fits this description is the ACDP, so I thought it fitting that I begin with them. We have all heard of the ACDP - it has opposed the human rights and civil equality of gay people - and, in effect, the entire pink community...

Alice in Blunderland
Christina Engela - 2009-10-22
A short while ago the DA announced plans to participate in the Johannesburg Pride on 3 October by setting up a recruiting stall to sign up gay people attending as party members, and also to hand out pamphlets and display banners. This follows the DA's positive reception of and open support for Cape Pride in the early part of 2009. There were also unconfirmed reports, following the DA initiative in September, that COPE might do the same. Further afield, in the UK the Tories (Conservative...

The Saga of Saul Severe
Christina Engela - 2009-10-09
I read with much amusement not one, but two articles by the same writer in this morning's edition of the Algoa Sun which "just happened to mention", in a repetitive fashion, the "dark", "sinister" and "Satanic" origins of Halloween. If the writer was trying to create an apprehensive atmosphere to suit the mood of Halloween, this has failed - because instead of thinking of kids traipsing around happily in costume come All Hallow's Eve, I am...

Op reis na Olga Kirsch
Egon - 2009-09-23
Toe ek vroeër vanjaar ná verskeie briefwisselings met kenners besluit het om ’n biografie oor Olga Kirsch, die alleen Joodse stem in die Afrikaanse digkuns, na te vors, het my liewe vriendin Santa op Stellenbosch my gewaarsku: “Jy dit doen dit slegs as jy hou van speurder speel.” Goeie advies. Soos elke moderne navorser het ek my dadelik tot Google gewend, en ek was oorweldig deur die min eerder as die baie feite oor hierdie digteres, wat ná Elisabeth Eybers...

Liefde en haat in Tel Aviv
Egon - 2009-08-03
2 killed as gunman mows down youths in Tel Aviv gay center(Jerusalem Post, August 1, 2009 23:15 | Updated Aug 2, 2009 4:02)Two people were killed on Saturday night and several others were injured when a gunman burst into a gay community center in the heart of Tel Aviv and opened fire with a machine gun."These were teenagers," Yaniv Weisman, chairman of the Israeli Gay Youth organization, told The Jerusalem Post. With tears in his eyes, Weisman added, "they came to this center from...

Nuusbrief uit Berlyn
Egon - 2009-07-22
Ek kuier te lekker by twee vriendinne, reeds vyftien jaar 'n couple and goed gevestig beide in die gay-wêreld en in hul openbare lewe. Sibyll Klotz is leier van die Groenparty in die Tempelhof-Schonefeld-gebied van Berlyn. (Berlyn is opgedeel in 12 streke, elk met sy eie stadsraad – Klaus Wowereit is burgemeester oor die hele stad en uitgesproke homo, maar dit weet jy reeds.) Sibyll is uit die kas sonder om verskoning aan te teken. Sy is 'n besonderse vrou, aktief in vele maatskaplike...

Die Groot Gevaar
Egon - 2009-04-29
Pesag in die woestyn. Dit klink mos nou teologies korrek, maar het mens jou nou al ooit afgevra: Hoe het die ou Israeliete 40 jaar in die woestyn oorleef? Watse goggas en rotte en ongediertes het hulle gepla? Ons praat net altyd oor die kos!Ons is pas terug na vier dae se kamp in die woestyn. Dit was heerlik buiten vir die wind wat ons tentjie amper weggewaai het en die oom in die tent langsaan wat gesnork het, maar niks wat die ou Israeliete nie ook oorgekom het nie. Ons is terug by die huis -...

Boekefees in Jerusalem
Egon - 2009-04-02
Die Jode is veronderstel om die mense van die Boek te wees en daar word dikwels rondom dié idee gespeel, gespot en kommentaar gelewer. Jy kan in ʼn eenvoudige Ashkanzi-huis instap en al is daar nie veel daar nie, sal daar boeke wees. Skryf, praat, debatteer is ʼn integrale deel van die Joodse kultuur - kyk maar net hoeveel Nobelpryswenners vir literatuur Jode was. En een of ander tyd kom amper almal Jerusalem toe.So ʼn maand gelede was die tweejaarlikse Boekefees hier in Jerusalem....

Gaza-oorlog
Egon Roth - 2009-02-17
Dis Donderdagoggend en ek sit nog in die bed en lees, koppie tee langs my, Mongane Wally Serote op my skoot. Dis heerlik stil, die vroeë-oggend-verkeer uit ons straatjie is weg, Judy is al kollege toe en ek het nog ’n halfuur voor ek moet regmaak en vertrek na die kollege waar ek klasgee. Die nuus vanoggend oor die oorlog in Gaza laat die angsgevoel diep binnekant net stywer saamtrek. Ek is te bang om my liewe student Nimrod, wie se vrou swanger is met hul eerste kind, weer te...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Gaza-oorlog
Egon - 2009-02-17
Dis Donderdagoggend en ek sit nog in die bed en lees, koppie tee langs my, Mongane Wally Serote op my skoot. Dis heerlik stil, die vroeë-oggend-verkeer uit ons straatjie is weg, Judy is al kollege toe en ek het nog ’n halfuur voor ek moet regmaak en vertrek na die kollege waar ek klasgee. Die nuus vanoggend oor die oorlog in Gaza laat die angsgevoel diep binnekant net stywer saamtrek. Ek is te bang om my liewe student Nimrod, wie se vrou swanger is met hul eerste kind, weer te...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Pole
Egon - 2008-09-09
Een van my studente vra my: “Egon, as ek luister wanneer jy vertel van jou en Judy se reise, is ek jaloers. Dit klink altyd so eksoties. Kan jy ons help om iets te beplan?" “Vir seker,” sê ek, en ‘n paar dae later ontmoet ons om haar en haar man se vakansie na Duitsland te beplan. Ons verduidelik hoe om die internet te "surf" vir goedkoop vlugte. “O nee,” sê sy verstom, “ons vlieg nie ‘charter’- of nagvlugte...

Tee in my kombuis
Johann Rossouw - 2008-04-02
Ek maak tee in my kombuis en woerts, daar betrap dit my. My blokkasie het verdwyn. Ek kan nou die nag deurskryf. Ek maak MS Word oop; vir my brein voel dit te stadig. Die woorde woel deur my gedagtes. Ek wil skryf, ek wil. Halleluja! wil ek gil. Ek wil skryf oor die lewe, vriende, die wêreld en alles daar buite. Ek wil my woorde weer eens op papier neerlê. So oneindig baie woorde. Ek wonder of dit is hoe ‘n skilder voel wanneer die prente in sy gedagtes maal en hy dit dan op die...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Hoe dinge verander
Egon - 2008-02-04
In my Oktober-nuusbrief het ek vertel van ʼn insident net voor ons van Israel se warm somer gevlug het, toe ʼn sekere dame my “'n abominasie in die oë van die Here” genoem het. Nou heet sy vir baie mevrou Abominasie!My eerste Vrydagaand terug in Israel voel ek bietjie wees met dié dat Judy nog in Duitsland by haar ma kuier. Ek besluit om sinagoge toe te gaan. Mevrou Abominasie het dwarsdeur my gekyk, maar die rabbi en sy vrou en my pelle se verwelkoming was warm soos...

M2M: ‘n Paar lesse geleer by straight mense
Marius Crous - 2008-01-24
1.Een van die dinge wat ek geleer het, is dat straight mans* beslis ook mekaar se piele uitkyk. Daar word nou nie so uitgebreid en in detail daaroor gepraat soos by ons nie, maar ek dink tog mens kan die bewondering in hulle reaksies hoor wanneer hulle dit aan iemand noem. Onderweg van die kleedkamer by die strand moes ek dié Krismis hoor hoe Straight A vir Straight B sê: “Het jy daai ou met die geel hemp se meneer gesien? Liniaallengte.” Dis maar net een geval. In hulle...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Kersfees
Egon - 2007-12-18
Ek het vandag my eerste Kersgroete deur die pos ontvang en dit was nogal ʼn skok.Dis Desember. Dis ʼn matige winter met af en toe ʼn donderstorm en weerlig wat ons laat hol om die rekenaar af te sit en dan lê ons in die bed en drink sjerrie en vergeet van alles wat nie goed en vreedsaam is nie.Maar aan Kersfees dink ons glad nie. Om die waarheid te sê hierdie nuusbrief aan LitNet het my nou gedwing om daaraan te dink. Ek onthou my eerste Kersfees hier het my dogter by ons...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel – En toe trou ons!
Egon - 2007-11-09
“Kan u my asseblief deursit na iemand wat weet van ‘same-sex’-huwelike?” vra ek onseker.“Jammer, Dame, wat’s dit?” vra die vrou op die skakelbord.“U weet, as ’n man met ’n man trou en ’n vrou met ’n vrou,” sê ek half verbouereerd.“Oeee, Dame bedoel ‘n civil union!” antwoord sy verlig. Ek is ook verlig. My jong vriendinne wat reeds die pad by "Home Affairs" geloop het, het vertel dat die...

Uit die boks: Onmin in die Familie
Willie Knoetze - 2007-10-31
“Dit walg my dat my naam met hierdie mense geassosieer word!” 24 uur later het die stof gaan lê. Betrokke maatjie was nie meer nie. “Hierdie mense” was my vriendinne wat op Lentedag getroud is – en geen mannetjie wat te precious vir my mense is, is meer welkom nie.Hierdie episode het my skielik herinner dat, selfs in my vredeliewende seepbelrealiteit, daar steeds wrywing tussen homoseksuele mans en homoseksuele vroue is. ’n Wrywing wat ek glad nie kan kleinkry...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Uit die kas gegooi
Egon - 2007-10-23
Die issue van uit die klas klim is vir die meeste van ons gays ʼn probleem. Sommige is uit op een plek maar op ʼn ander nog binnekant toegesluit, terwyl ander omtrent hul lewe lank half verskuil in die skaduwees van die kas bly. Ek het die ander aand twee vrouens ontmoet wat in laasgenoemde situasie is. Die een is getroud, maar hulle is reeds vir meer as twintig jaar lovers! Eendag wil ek met hulle gesels en uitvind hoe werk dit. Hoe lewe mens jou hele lewe as leuen? Maar dan is dit half...

Wat gay seuns wil weet
Marius Crous - 2007-09-04
As in-die-kas-student was die eerste gay roman wat ek op Stellenbosch (nog by die destydse Griet-boekwinkel) gekoop het, Edmund White se A boy’s own story (1982). Dit was inderdaad 'n belangwekkende bydrae tot my worsteling met my seksuele identiteit, veral in 'n tyd toe ek in 'n manskoshuis met sy macho fasade en sy straight bravade moes oorleef. Ek wens ek het toe alreeds geweet van Auden se opvatting dat wanneer ‘n man jou viktimiseer, hy eintlik heimlik eroties aangetrokke voel tot...

Meditasie in die woestyn oor trou
Egon - 2007-08-07
Nou onlangs het ek en Judy ‘n paar dae in die woestyn spandeer. Die eerste aand was ons in die Judease wildernis en daarna in die gebied suid van Kidron. As mens eers wegbeweeg van die hoofpad wat noord-suid langs die Dooie See loop, kom jy in ’n klipwoestyn van oop verlate vlaktes. Dit was vir my dadelik duidelik hoekom Jesus gereeld daarheen ontvlug het – die stilte is oorweldigend en tog kalmerend. Die wind waai jou gedagtes oop en jou perspektief verander. “Hier...

Wie is die sexyste skrywer(s) in Afrikaans?
Marius Crous - 2007-07-25
Is daar iets soos ‘n sexy skrywer in Afrikaans? En waaraan word sexy gemeet sonder om te diskrimineer op grond van straight/gay, haargroei, liggaamsbou, ouderdom of beroep en inkomste? Eintlik is alle skrywers seker sexy. Enige man wat met sy brein kan woeker, is ‘n aanwins. ’n Man wat nie net lyf is nie, maar wat as die lig afgeskakel word, darem nog intelligent oor die osoonlaag of die voordele van ’n oop verhouding kan praat.In die tagtigerjare het almal oor Alexander Strachan...

Uit die boks: Hie-h, hie-h
Willie Knoetze - 2007-07-23
Hoeveel keer stamp ‘n donkie nou weer sy kop teen dieselfde klip? My vervolgverhaal eindig toe met ‘n klomp knoppe teen my voorkop. So deur die radiostiltes heen het my bipolêre gemoedjie begin mik vir die naaste bodemlose put. Soveel so dat Christine en suster Visser gegil het: “Intervention!!” en met ‘n eie aksieplan vorendag gekom het: skep ‘n fiktiewe karakter en spoor Die Man op oor die radiogolwe; flirt sy sokkies af en kyk wat gebeur. Ten einde laaste...

Uit die boks: Skote Petoors
Willie Knoetze - 2007-06-20
"Alle mans is straight-acting - tot jy hulle los." So het ek digby twee jaar gelede my eerste rubriek begin. Soos die noodlot dit wil hê, is dit dan ook hoe ek my vierde jaar “oor die muur” ingestorm het: as ‘n mal, “straight-acting” queen. Min het ek gedink dat ek, terugskouend, soveel van my toekoms voorspel het! Julle sien, die malligheid het my mos weer ingehaal. So onvoorspelbaar en onverwags soos die sneeu in Plettenbergbaai het my stomme hart...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: Gilbert en George
Egon - 2007-06-20
We are only human sculptures in that we get up every day, walking sometimes, reading rarely, eating often, thinking always, smoking moderately, enjoying enjoyment, … loving nightly … Jare gelede sê ’n vriendin vir my: “Wat jy nodig het, is femme vrou – nie ’n butch dyke nie!” Die stelling was vir my vreemd. Wat ek nodig gehad het, was ’n mens – "mensch", soos ons in Jiddisj sou sê. Die benaming same-sex relations het...

Egon se nuusbrief uit Israel: As jou suster sterf
Egon - 2007-05-28
Wel eintlik is sy nie my suster nie, maar my stiefsuster. Dié feit het ek vir die grootste gedeelte van my lewe probeer vergeet. Want ek was lief vir haar. Haar ouers was vriende met my ouers en ons is in dieselfde kraaminrigting twee dae uitmekaar gebore. Haar ma was my pa se minnares toe beide nog getroud was en ek het al gewonder of sy my stiefsuster of my halfsuster was. Ek het altyd vermoed dat my pa haar liewer gehad het as vir my, want ek was so anders as hulle: hulle was jollers en...


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