Queer & Now at Franschhoek Literary Festival: Saturday, 14 May, 10:00 at Church Hall: Shaun de Waal tackles the LGBTQ+ rights revolution with Mark Gevisser (The Pink Line: Crossing the World’s Queer Frontiers) and Robert Hamblin (Robert – A queer and crooked memoir for the not so straight and narrow).
Below is an excerpt from The Pink Line: Crossing the World's Queer Frontiers.
Six years in the making, The Pink Line follows nine protagonists from the same number of countries all over the world to narrate a story of how "LGBT Rights" became one of the world's new human rights frontiers in the second decade of the 21st century. In the excerpt below, Gevisser explores the relationship between tolerance and legality. South Africa, which boasts one of the world's fairest constitutions is one of the first countries to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and the fifth to legalise same-sex marriage. However, it is still one of the most intolerant countries in the world, with staggeringly high rates of violence against LGBTQ+ peoples. How does this happen?