Video and Multimedia

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  1. Two Spirits, One Voice (Egale, January 2018) Two Spirits, One Voice is an initiative that seeks to bolster support for Indigenous persons who identify as Two Spirit. This video attempts to educate the general public on the history and barriers that impact Two Spirit people in Canada.

  2. Two Spirits, One Dance for Native American Artist (YouTube, February 2016) “Two-spirit” is how some Native Americans describe people whose gender identity doesn’t fit as strictly male or female. This video explores how Ty DeFoe is using traditional dance to take this gender identity back from the negative connotations established during colonization.

  3. How I’m Bringing Queer Pride to My Rural Village (TED Talk, August 2017) In a poetic, personal talk, TED Fellow Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile examines the connection between her modern queer lifestyle and her childhood upbringing in a rural village in Botswana. “In a time where being brown, queer, African and seen as worthy of space means being everything but rural, I fear that we’re erasing the very struggles that got us to where we are now,” she says. “Indigenizing my queerness means bridging the many exceptional parts of myself.”


  1. Picturing Queer Africans in the Diaspora (NPR, May 2017) Finding historical representations of queerness in Africa is important to photographer Mikael Owunna, profiled in this article, because growing up he was flooded with messages that his sexuality and cultural heritage were at odds. His current project, Limit(less), pushes back against the belief that being queer is at odds with being African by interviewing and photographing people who embody both identities.

  2. Unmasking the Colonial Silence: Sexuality in Africa in the Post­Colonial Context (Academia, July 2016) This article explores the silence associated with sexuality in Africa. Aside from examining the false premise that homosexuality is un-African and un-Christian, this article contends that in the traditional cultures, sexuality was highly celebrated until missionaries attached shame to it—thus introducing the silence which is now defended as the default African position on human sexuality.

  3. It Is Time: The Need to Rethink Homosexuality in Kenya and Africa (Africa Is a Country, July 2015) Kari Mugo weaves politics and personal narratives in this depiction of homosexuality in Kenya, focusing on the importance of resilience and the need to change the narrative.

  4. Feminism Has Always Been African (Mail & Guardian, May 2016) Pontsho Pilane debunks the myth that feminism is somehow “un-African,” highlighting examples of how the concept has existed long before the word reached the continent.