Sex and Politics in South Africa

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Neville Wallace Hoad, Karen Martin, Graeme Reid
Juta and Company Ltd, 2005 - Political Science - 255 pages
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This book tells how South Africa came to lead the world in enshrining sexual equality in our Bill of Rights, which forms part of the Constitution. The achievement, which has been hailed as a model for the rest of the world, did not come about without a long struggle. This was spearheaded by gender activists and movements during the 1980s, whose campaigns on the one hand evoked hostility from the apartheid state and were also dismissed as an irrelevance by conservative factions within the liberation movement. Indeed, the end of apartheid did not automatically guarantee that sexual equality would be realised, and the book explains how in the end this was achieved. The volume draws upon the rich archive of the Gay and Lesbian association and incorporates fascinating first-hand documents from the time as well as essays by participants in the events and later commentators.
  

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Contents

Foreword Ruth Mompati
7
The Editors and Contributors
8
lntroduction Neville Hoad
14
Sexuality and the liberation struggle 28 Fragments from the archives l Graeme Reid 34 ESSAY Solidarity with whom? The international gay and les...
26
Cape Town activists remember sexuality struggles Mikki van Zyl 118 ESSAY Homosexuality and the South African left The ambiguities of exile Ger...
27
ANC dashes hopes for gay rights in SA Peter Tatchell
148
Telex Thabo Mbeki
149
Address at Simon Nkolis memorial service Mosiuoa Terror Lekota
150
Address at Simon Nkolis memorial service Kevan Botha
166
Simon Nkoli obituary Zackie Achmat
168
Cartoon n Poefadder het my gepik
170
The Constitution 174 Fragments from the archives ll Graeme Reid 178 ARCHlVE Presentation to GLOW Action Committee and SHOC workshop Ed...
172
The Equality Clause
223
Afterword Bafana Mhlanga
224
Guide to the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa Anthony Manion
228
List of Acronyms
253

Letters from prison Simon Nkoli
154
Letter to Kevan Botha Caroline HeatonNicholls
158
Photographs of GLOW meeting
164
Photographs of Simon Nkolis releasefromprison party
165
lndex
254
Acknowledgements
256
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About the author (2005)

NEVILL HOAD is currently a professor at the University of Texas. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University.

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