Beyond the Mountain: Queer life in Africa's Gay Capital


B Caminga (ed)
University of the Witwatersrand


Beyond the Mountain depicts the lives of the LGBTQI community and the seemingly immovable, negative perceptions that the general public holds of them. It seeks to expose their world and the kinds of violence and abuse to which they are subjected, as well as to unveil the racial discrimination within these communities.

The book contributes to the body of knowledge on the plight of LGBTQI communities of Cape Town, South Africa. This is a collection that historically, metaphorically and physically spans the city promoting the rights and the protection of the community. The chapters are narratives of lived experiences and academic discussions from novice and experienced scholars on the themes of education, emancipation, protection, acceptance and integration of LBGTQO people in society.

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Author Biographies

B Caminga, University of the Witwatersrand

B Camminga is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Zintombezethu Matebeni, University of Fort Hare

Zintombizethu Matebeni is a sociologist, activist and writer whose research focuses on African Queer Studies. She has edited various volumes on African LGBTIQ life including Reclaiming African: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities (Modjaji books, 2014); Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship and Activism (with Surya Munro and Vasu Reddy - Routledge, 2018); and Beyond the Mountain: queer life in 'Africa's gay capital' (with B Camminga - UNISA Press, 2020). zethu’s work appears in numerous journals, books and blogs. Since 2020 zethu has been a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for Women and Gender Studies. zethu is the SARCHI Chair in Sexualities, Genders and Queer Studies at the University of Fort Hare.

Cover for Beyond the Mountain: Queer life in Africa's Gay Capital
December 21, 2020