Department of Anthropology and Sociology
University of the Western Cape
Zethu Matebeni in conversation with Funeka Soldaat
What does it mean to call Cape Town the gay capital of Africa? Who is gay in the city, and to what effect? This conversation between two black lesbian activists and queer scholars interrogates gayness in a city where race, class, gender, sexuality and the politics of dis/location intersect in ways that call for a new queer radical outlook.
Zethu Matebeni whose research focuses on sexualities, gender and queer studies in Africa, is Associate Professor in Sociology in the Department of Anthropology Sociology at the University of the Western Cape. Zethu is author of Reclaiming Afrikan: Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Identities (2014), Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism (2018), and the most recent Beyond the Mountain: Queer Life in Africa’s Gay Capital (2019).
Funeka Soldaat is a black lesbian activist and community organiser. Funeka co-founded the black lesbian militant organisation called Free Gender in Khayelitsha and is the author of Uhambo (2018) a memoir of the life of an anti-apartheid and LGBTQ rights activist.