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EXCERPT | Queer sex, Aids and PReP: The closets I had to come out of

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‘Insufficient Funds I’m Spent', 2021. Clay and acrylic. (Githan Coopoo)
‘Insufficient Funds I’m Spent', 2021. Clay and acrylic. (Githan Coopoo)

Much of the world celebrates LGBTI Pride in June, because that’s when it kicked off in the US in 1970, but in South Africa we celebrate October as Pride month – our first Pride was in October 1990. So, for Pride month here, we publish an excerpt from Touch: Sex, Sexuality and Sensuality (Kwela), compiled by Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Kim Windvogel, a collection that deals with what Mugo calls “the everyday moments, the moments where people simply exist outside of the glitter, trauma and misconceptions”. In this extract, Githan Coopoo contemplates the meaning of the closets he’s had to come out of, and what the advent of PReP offers for queer HIV-positive people wanting to live a “normal” life. 

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