Beyond the Mountain : Queer Life in
1st Edition

Beyond the Mountain
Queer Life in "Africa’s Gay Capital"

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ISBN 9781032433875
February 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
238 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Beyond The Mountain: Queer Life in "Africa’s Gay Capital" contributes to the body of knowledge on the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) communities in Cape Town.

The book provides insight on the lives of the LGBTQI communities in Cape Town and challenges the stereotypes and prejudices against these communities. The chapters consist of both narratives of lived experiences and academic discussions presented by novice as well as experienced scholars. The imagery of beyond the mountain is a depiction of the lives of LGBTQI community and immovable negative perceptions the general public have to them and seeks to expose their world and the kinds of violence and abuse they are subjected to, as well as unveiling the racial discrimination within these communities. The book revolves around five themes: education, emancipation, protection, acceptance, and integration of those who identify as LGBTQI people in society.

Table of Contents





Abbreviations and acronyms



iKapa Lodumo ・ An introduction to the infamous Cape Town

zethu Matebeni


Queering Cape Town’s posture as “Africa’s gay capital”

Stella Nyanzi


1 Uncle Gravel

Wanelisa Xaba

2 Of mountains and multiculturalism: The Cape Town tourist gaze

Annie Hikido

3 Violent cistems: Trans experiences of bathroom spaces

Nigel Patel

4 Drag lives here: A photo essay

Lindy-Lee Prince

5 Shifting in the city: Being and longing in Cape Town

B Camminga


6 The politics of safety talk and practices: Lesbians constructing belonging and queer world-making in Cape Town

Susan Holland-Muter

7 The GALA archives: Preserving the “queerer” side of queer Cape Town

Linda Chernis

8 Phoenix rising above isolation

Liesl Theron

9 Unearthing silences about raced and gendered queerness in Stellenbosch

Chantelle Croeser

10 The Miss Gay Western Cape Pageant: An alternative black queer space

Liberty Glenton Matthyse

11 Black lesbian politics and organising spaces

Funeka Soldaat


12 Graaff’s Pool: A photo essay

Dean Hutton

13 Scene of the crime

Jaco Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos

14 InterseXion

Leigh Davids, Robert Hamblin and Sandile Ndelu

15 Disruption and withdrawal: Responses to 21st century Prides from the South

Jessica Scott

16 "Sy is ’n eendjie van ’n ander dam": Race, class and sexual identity intersections in same-sex marriage

Lwando Scott

17 No milk, no honey, no safe space: A review of The Promised

Land Fallacy

Maneo Mohale


No Easter Sunday for queers

Koleka Putuma


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B Camminga (*they) is post-doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society, Wits University. Their research interests include transgender rights, particularly in relation to migration and asylum; the bureaucratisation of sex/gender; and transgender history in South Africa. Their first monograph, Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa: Bodies over Borders and Borders over Bodies, in 2018. In 2018 they were runner up for the Africa Spectrum: Young African Scholars Award, which honours outstanding research by up-and-coming African scholars, for their article “Gender refugees in South Africa: The ‘common sense’ paradox.” B treads the fine line of being a queer and a trans activist academic.

Zethu Matebeni is African Humanities Program Fellow. While at the University of Cape Town (20012017), Zethu developed the Queer in Africa series, artistic and scholarly interventions which interrogate queer life in Africa. Included in Zethu’s long list of publications are Reclaiming African: Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Identities (Modjaji Books, 2014) and the co-edited Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship and Activism (Routledge, 2018). Zethu is a queer scholar activist, a documentary film maker, the curator of the Queer Tour in Cape Town and a writer on African queer realities. In June 2019 zethu joined the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Western Cape.