The Politics of Belonging: Exploring Black African Lesbian Identity in South Africa

Keywords: belonging, lesbian, identity, South Africa, black African

Abstract

This article explores black African lesbian identity in South Africa and how lesbian women understand belonging. This is a contentious subject matter and is situated within a long history of heteronormativity and homophobia on the African continent, as well as the influences of colonialism and contemporary society. This history of heteronormativity and homophobia, combined with the Civil Union Act that gives South African lesbians and gays formal rights to marriage, has resulted in narratives in which contemporary black African women unravel the contradictions and emotions embedded in their struggles for belonging and identity in post-apartheid South Africa.

 

Author Biographies

Mikki Van Zyl, Stellenbosch University
(posthumous)
Sarah Frances Gordon, Stellenbosch University Post-doc fellow for the SARChi Chair in Gender Politics

Post-doc fellow for the SARChi Chair in Gender Politics

Published
2018-10-08
How to Cite
Van Zyl, M., Gordon, S. F., & Gouws, A. (2018). The Politics of Belonging: Exploring Black African Lesbian Identity in South Africa. Gender Questions, 6(1), 18 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2412-8457/3140