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Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa

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Defiant Desire records the lives of lesbian and gay South Africans of all races as they have lived in the face of censure, denial and oppression. The history of gay identity in South Africa is here in its past and present aspects: from a drag salon in Woodstock to a gay "shebeen" in kwaThema; from a church in a Pretoria nightclub to Johannesburg's lesbian and gay pride march; from Afrikaans love poetry to new activism. The book is a document of lesbian and gay struggle, and indispensable for those interested in ...

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Overview

Defiant Desire records the lives of lesbian and gay South Africans of all races as they have lived in the face of censure, denial and oppression. The history of gay identity in South Africa is here in its past and present aspects: from a drag salon in Woodstock to a gay "shebeen" in kwaThema; from a church in a Pretoria nightclub to Johannesburg's lesbian and gay pride march; from Afrikaans love poetry to new activism. The book is a document of lesbian and gay struggle, and indispensable for those interested in the sexual politics coursing beneath the country's troubled passage to democracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415910613
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the International Edition
Acknowledgements
Etymological note: On "moffies"
Defiant Desire 3
A Different Fight for Freedom: A history of South African lesbian and gay organisation from the 1950s to the 1990s 14
'Unapprehended Felons': Gays and lesbians and the law in South Africa 89
Keeping Sodom Out of the Laager: State repression of homosexuality in apartheid South Africa 99
A Drag at Madame Costello's: Cape moffie life and the popular press in the 1950s and 1960s 115
Lesbian Gangster: The Gertie Williams story: Excerpted from Golden City Post and Drum magazine 128
Johannesburg's 'Health Clubs': Places of erotic langour or prison-houses of desire? 134
'Moffies En Manvroue': Gay and lesbian life histories in contemporary Cape Town 140
Abangibhamayo Bathi Ngimnandi. Those who fuck me say I'm tasty: Gay sexuality in Reef townships 158
Five Women: Black lesbian life on the Reef 186
Climbing on Her Shoulders: An interview with Umtata's 'first lesbian': Vera Vimbela 193
Going Underground: A visit to gay Welkom 198
Wearing the Pants: Butch/femme roleplaying in lesbian relationships 202
The Arista Sisters, September 1984: A personal account of army drag 209
From Ada to Zelda: Notes on gays and language in South Africa 219
Exit: Gay publishing in South Africa 225
A Thousand Forms of Love: Representations of homosexuality in South African Literature 232
Wardrobes: Coming out as a black gay activist in South Africa 249
Ivan Toms is a Fairy?: The South African Defence Force, the End Conscription Campaign, and me 258
Identity Crossfire: On being a black gay student activist 264
The Lavender Lobby: Working for lesbian and gay rights within the liberation movement 269
Pride or Protest?: Drag queens, comrades, and the Lesbian and Gay Pride March 278
'White Rapists Made Coloureds And Homosexuals': The Winnie Mandela Trial and the politics of race and sexuality 284
'Lesbians in Love and Compromising Situations': Lesbian feminist organising in the Western Cape 295
Living with Loss in the Best Way We Know How: AIDS and gay men in Cape Town 301
Of Gay Rights and the Pitfalls of the 'PC': A Polemic 311
Promise You'll Tell No-One: A memoir 319
My Childhood as an Adult Molester: A Salt River moffie 325
'Pretended Families': On being a gay parent 342
In Memory of Rocky: An obituary 348
Contributors 354
Subject Index 358
Index of Persons 373
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