This anthology is the first time that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) migrants and refugees in South Africa have shared their stories and memories in print. It includes short non-fiction, poetry, and visual art created by eleven LGBTIQ migrants and refugees who took part in two participatory projects conducted in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) between 2013 and 2015.
The works in this anthology powerfully convey the experiences of LGBTQ migrants in South Africa who had hoped that the country would be a safe haven, and instead have met with serious challenges in terms of safety and access to services. In many cases, the contributors to this anthology share stories that they had kept hidden out of fear that they would be victimized if their sexuality or gender identity was discovered.
Anthony Manion, Director, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)