There must be a reason that tragic female figures making public statements through their image hold sway over the queer imagination.
The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'
If the Law must arbitrate on Life, then it must be bigger than it, or roomy enough to make space for it.
The Queer Take: Viewing TikTok and Instagram as spaces of love and desire, where queer expression is realised
Why did TikTok feel like a queer space? Because it is.
Schitt's Creek to Made in Heaven, why wave of LGBTQ+ content has met with complicated reception from queer folk
In speaking to queer people from across generations, it seems there is a complicated reception to this new tsunami of LGBTQ+ content.
The Queer Take: Price of admission into bois locker room-like spaces is ability, willingness to dehumanise the other
The common defense of this straight male culture has been that it is a “safe space” for men to be themselves, to say the politically incorrect thing, to let it all hang out. It is their safety valve. In reality, if one reads through the messages on similar forums like the recent ‘bois locker room’ one could go as far as to say: these aren’t safe spaces at all.
Social distancing, self-isolation aren't just coronavirus-related terms, they've long marked everyday lives of queer, marginalised
'I know what you are thinking: Yet again, the — queer, femme, Black person — speaks of dirty things like desire at a time of disease and death. Well, it is difficult only for those who have made a division between the three.' | Joshua Muyiwa writes in #QueerTake
There’s been a lot of policing of bodies in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and LGBTQ+ influencers on social media have been especially calling out the community for not adhering to shutdowns ordered by public health ministries. Their logic: we should know better having been schooled and brought up in the post-AIDS/HIV times.
The Queer Take: In embracing the new, inclusive language project, what has been gained and what has been lost?
In domains like gender and sexuality, we have managed to demand more words and vocabulary and descriptions that allow more of us to name our selves, our desires, our milestones. This evolving language was allowing more of us to walk into more rooms, but also I could see those rooms still had the same rules, the same problems, writes Joshua Muyiwa in #QueerTake
The Queer Take: Divorced from death and disease, re-imagining desire without shame, and celebrating it
As a noun and a verb with the profilferation of pornography in our lives, sex doesn’t sit well on the scale, it isn’t so simple. We might have to extract the shame from the sensual, the sexual to truly be able to celebrate it.
The Queer Take: When 'passing' is the accepted mode, at stake is a hard-earned, hard-fought culture, aesthetic
While a part of me has always understood that queer people come in all shapes, sizes and star status, most of me has always imagined that we were super special and anyone with any sense could tell | Joshua Muyiwa writes in this week's #QueerTake
I’m not diminishing the importance of the Pride Parade; I’m interested in the way it has changed in its text, tenor and tone | Joshua Muyiwa writes in this week's #QueerTake
The Queer Take: Moving past the LGBTQ community's entrenched ageism requires that we first confront it
In this week's 'The Queer Take', Joshua Muyiwa writes: Seeing older gay, bisexual and men fade away into invisiblity makes me hyper aware that there is something to the invincibility I felt in my younger days
The Queer Take: Dating apps promised a world of possibilities, but may have caged us further instead
Dating apps are the new impasse in the possibilities for conversations, coming together, and coming.
Over these many years, as a queer femme person living in this world, I’ve come to understand that the privacy granted to me by the general public is starkly different from the kind granted to other so-called 'normal' people.
Superhero origin stories are engineered, made up to create narrative consonance, to act as a step to the next rung in the series. They are constructed, contrived and concocted. Coming out stories from the LGBTQ+ community have a similar style.
At the core of it, this question — "How’s life post-Section 377?" — niggles me because it implies that something is different about my life now. And since I can’t seem to put my finger on it, I want to ask the questioner what they’re convinced that this difference is?
The Queer Take: Move aside Marie Kondo; the objects in my life serve as milestones along a wayward path
The objects that populate my house have become like milestones to trace the wayward path of my life so far. In all my queer friends' houses, you can lift up any object and they will be able to tell you the story behind it. And they will even tell the tale with style. It is because these materials are invested with meaning for them, for me, for each of us.
Love in the queer community has always had the added sheen of shame. That this is something we don’t want to talk about publicly is completely understandable. But by lying to everyone else for so long, we’ve stopped talking about it in private too.
The Queer Take: What I don't talk about when I talk about being a city dweller who doesn't like to travel
In his column 'The Queer Take', Joshua Muyiwa writes: I so want to travel and see the wide, wonderful world. It isn’t that I don’t have the resources alone to accomplish these aspirations, it is that travelling is an arduous experience for me.
On reading and hearing stories from other queer friends, I see that everyone in my community always knew to hide in the beginning — just like I did