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SATURDAY PROFILE | Author Mark Gevisser: ‘Queer South Africans are living in a war zone’

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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)

One of South Africa’s well-known authors Mark Gevisser talks to News24 about his new book ‘The Pink Line’ which details the cultural and geographical queer divide in the world. He shares why he's not necessarily optimistic about the spread of queer rights, and why queer movements have been unsucessful.  

In the early 1990s, when it was still not legal for homosexual couples to marry in South Africa, Mark Gevisser was one of the few voices brave enough to report on the country’s queer community. 

Working for the Weekly Mail, which would later become known as the the Mail & Guardian, Gevisser was at the forefront of helping to change attitudes around same-sex relationships. 

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