The ability to be a middle-class black colored lesbian:

The ability to be a middle-class black colored lesbian:

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

Making Spot, 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, number 3, 2019

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

Gotten: 30 August 2019

Accepted: 06 September 2019

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, but, is troubled by a framing that is binary of 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 homosexual women’s narratives of these everyday life 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 racialised binary of territorial security and danger, and produce modes of lesbian constructions of house, particularly the modes of embedded lesbianism, homonormativity and borderlands.

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