Lunga Adam will never appreciate the damage

2017-06-29 06:01

This is an open letter to Lunga Adam.

Lunga Adam you are both homophobic and transphobic.

This is in response to your column dated 15 June 2017, “A man who sleeps with another man deserves high respect,”.

Firstly, why would a man who sleeps with another deserve high respect.

Is it because you are of the opinion that

heterosexuality is the norm and anything outside of that is foreign, unnatural and anyone who partakes in it has done the unthinkable and is worthy of respect.

Or, is it because you equate hegemonic masculinity with sexuality.

You go on to indulge the reader on how this was your Facebook post and that your friends

were “naturally alarmed”, wondering if you had a conversion in “taste”. That is where your homophobia and violent notions of masculinity and heterosexual practises become obvious.

You point out how you’re a player of sorts, are we to assume that a “player”

couldn’t possibly be homosexual.

You suggest that homosexuality is something that we should be shocked at, disgusted by even.

Homosexuality is not “taste”, not a choice and not a preference, and to suggest otherwise is violent.

Such thought have been used as an excuse for corrective rape and attacks on the LGBT community.

You further retell how a guy was entertaining what was seemingly a “chick”, who turned out to be a “fake sista”.

“Chick” may be how the story was retold to you, your callousness as a writer is shocking. You make no efforts to respect the individual’s identify. The use of the words “chick” and “fake sista” add to the erasure of gender-nonconforming, non-binary and other persons within the LGBTQIA+ community. To your surprise, the aggrieved party does not “chuck the fake sista out”, and according to you this must

have taken a lot of guts.

This comes as a result of your perceived notions of masculinity and gender roles which in turn feed your homophobia and transphobia.

You even suggest that transwomen are out to deceive heterosexual men.

Considering the risk of violence towards them, transwomen are not out to trick or deceive heterosexual men and your suggestion feeds into the myth that they are.

You tell a story of how you watched two men kissing and the thought of what would happen next made you cringe. Essentially, you agree that while there is nothing wrong with two consenting males kissing, it makes you cringe. Your double standards know no boundaries. You are top of the pile in cishetrosexual males. In you concluding paragraph you continue to perpetuate homophobic violence: “...I have to save myself the embarrassment of leaving the tavern in the arms of a man in a school skirt...”. Perhaps we should talk about “embarrassment” and the reason you don’t want to be seen leaving

the tavern with another man.

This is because a player like yourself

views homosexuality as shameful and deserving of condemnation.

Throughout the article, you express intolerant attitudes towards homosexuals and transgendered women. This is rather dangerous as you are not conscious of the impact of words in certain spaces.

Your article appeared in City Vision, a newspaper distributed in Gugulethu, Langa and Nyanga, and it is no secret that our townships are predominantly homophobic and unsafe spaces

for the LGBTQIA+ community and your reckless article has the power to further fuel the victimisation and bullying of LGBT individuals.

Calling for an apology from you wouldn’t help because the damage has already been done, but your article has however shown us that as communities and a country, we continuously fail the

LGBTQIA+ community with our problematic opinions masked as “freedom of speech”. Our country is more dangerous place to live in for members of the gay community because of people like you.

Yamkela Tyapha Stellenbosch Sasco Secretary

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