A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

South Africa

A black and white photo of a naked woman with her back turned to us. Her hands go up her head, forming a kind of band for her Senegalese twists-styled hair that fall in a kind of pony tail till the top of her neck.
Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Brushstrokes: Portraits of South Africa’s Lesbian Community

In the portrait series ‘Faces and Phases’, South African photographer Zanele Muholi has created a visual record of black lesbian history that spans more than a decade. In the striking photos set against different textures and backgrounds, Muholi showcases the diversity and fluidity of black lesbian identity in South Africa.
A black man in a white shirt and black pants sitting on a motorcycle in a peaceful hilly town.

Criminalising HIV

JOHANNESBURG – “If the law supposes that,” Mr. Bumble says in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, “the law is an ass.”  A criminal law that makes it preferable for carriers of HIV not to know that they are infected and capable of spreading it to others, including their loved ones, seems particularly suited to Mr.…