The ability to be a middle-class lesbian that is black

The ability to be a middle-class lesbian that is black

Secao Tematica Nacoes ag ag e Memorias em Transe: Mocambique, Africa do Sul ag ag ag e Brasil

Making Destination, Making Home: Lesbian Queer World-Making in Cape Town

Construindo espacos de pertencimento: lesbicas queer na Cidade do Cabo

Making Destination, Making Home: Lesbian Queer World-Making in Cape Town

Revista Estudos Feministas, vol. 27, # 3, 2019

Centro de Filosofia ag ag ag e Ciencias Humanas e Centro de Comunicacao e Expressao da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Gotten: 30 August 2019

Accepted: 06 2019 september

Abstract: Two principal, contrasting, narratives characterise public discourse on queer sexualities in Cape Town. The city is touted as the gay capital of South Africa on the one hand. This, nevertheless, is troubled by way of a binary framing of white areas of security and black colored areas of risk (Melanie JUDGE, 2018), which simultaneously brings the ‘the black lesbian’ into view through the lens of discrimination, physical violence and death. This short article explores lesbian, queer and women’s that are gay of the everyday lives in Cape Town. Their counter narratives reveal the way they ‘make’ Cape Town house in terms of racialized and heteronormativies that are classed. These grey the binary that is racialised of security and danger, and produce modes of lesbian constructions of house, particularly the modes of embedded lesbianism, homonormativity and borderlands. These reveal lesbian life that is queer that are ephemeral, contingent and fractured, making known hybrid, contrasting and competing narratives for the town.

Keywords: Lesbian, Cape Town, Queer World-Making, Counter-Narratives, Belonging.

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