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The Pink Line and the law: Q&A with Mark Gevisser

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Author Mark Gevisser's The Pink Line follows protagonists from nine countries to tell the story of how LGBT+ right became one of the world's new human rights frontiers. (Photo: Tommy Trenchard/ Supplied)
Author Mark Gevisser's The Pink Line follows protagonists from nine countries to tell the story of how LGBT+ right became one of the world's new human rights frontiers. (Photo: Tommy Trenchard/ Supplied)

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 interview below, Lindokuhle Nkosi and Mark Gevisser explore the entanglements 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?

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