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  • Film: Kamohelo (Acceptance)

    Film: Kamohelo (Acceptance)

    In Lesotho currently, there are no organisations focusing specifically on raising awareness of intersex issues and the support of intersex persons. In this short documentary, put together by Carl Collison for Beyond the Margins, a young mother in rural Lesotho speaks about first discovering her child is intersex – and her journey to accepting them… Read more

  • Snapshot: “We did not create ourselves”

    Snapshot: “We did not create ourselves”

    You know, everyone who looks at me will say, “That’s a man.” But growing up, I was raised as a girl. I went to school as a girl. I had to cut school short because, when I reached my teenage years, automatically, that’s when things changed. But people still identified me as female. So much… Read more

  • Snapshot: A spirituality of our own

    Snapshot: A spirituality of our own

    It is so difficult to explain to your children that one is not welcome in most churches because you are trans.  I have two kids. They are eight and nine [years old]. One of them really wanted to go to church. But in the area where I live, there is no church where gender-diverse people… Read more

  • South African parents push for queer acceptance 

    South African parents push for queer acceptance 

    Despite its progressive queer-inclusive Constitution, South Africa is a country still riddled with high rates of anti-LGBTQIA+ violence. Three organisations, headed by parents, believe that getting other parents to accept their queer children is an important tool in pushing back against queerphobia – and they are taking their fight to the streets.  BY CARL COLLISON… Read more

  • Snapshot: Singing for those who can’t

    Snapshot: Singing for those who can’t

    I moved to South Africa in 2007, after I was shunned by my community and family back in Zimbabwe because of my sexual orientation. In 2016, I created a group that would serve us as the migrant refugee community, especially seeing as we did not know much about South African organisations we could turn to… Read more

  • World’s so ugly… Let’s create beauty 

    World’s so ugly… Let’s create beauty 

    “Our message from the House of La Glamour… is that we are queer, we are African, we are black, and we are here to stay. Forever.” Read more

  • Drag Night Namibia: A radical act of queer joy

    Drag Night Namibia: A radical act of queer joy

    Chris de Beer-Procter (she/her) is a queer photojournalist who uses social documentary and portraiture to tell human stories “at the intersection of the personal and the political”. She has been documenting the queer rights movement in Namibia since 2021 and has published several articles on the topic both locally and internationally. For Beyond the Margins,… Read more

  • Film: Aurora

    Film: Aurora

    Aurora Krotoa Moses is a young transgender woman who lives in a rural town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. In this film, put together by Carl Collison for Beyond the Margins, the 22-year-old speaks about how – and why – she has fought, and continues to fight, against the race, gender and belief systems… Read more

  • Film: Fleeing (to) God

    Film: Fleeing (to) God

    The documentary “Fleeing (to) God” delves into the stories of three queer religious leaders who sought asylum in South Africa from Zimbabwe due to religious-based queerphobia. Produced by Carl Collison for Beyond the Margins, it explores their experiences, challenges, and their reconciliation with faith. Read more