Je le regardai dans les yeux, il me fit un sourire avec l’air de dire « j’ai sérieusement envie de toi, de te manger crue là, mais je sais que
je ne peux pas, tu es hors de ma portée. »

We sat spread around the room, not known to each other yet, but when we spoke up or when we caught each other’s eyes as the discussions carried on around us, we knew.

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WHAT NOT TO WEAR

WHAT NOT TO WEAR

GROWING UP, I WAS NEVER A FORMAL KIND OF GUY. As early as ten, I preferred to wear neon green, latex tights with a tie-dye T-shirt and flip flops – usually with disastrous results. I envied the more put-together boys, effortless in their tailored pants dressed up with crisp golf shirts. But at heart, I was a hipster, always rooting through bargain bags at flea markets for, say, a snakeskin vest, which for some reason I just had to own. Read More

Beyoncé’s “Love Drought” Video, Slavery and the Story of Igbo Landing

Beyoncé’s “Love Drought” Video, Slavery and the Story of Igbo Landing

Beyoncé’s LEMONADE is filled with incredible artistry and stunning imagery. For me, one of the most striking images on the visual album occurs in the video for “Love Drought”. Much has been said about how LEMONADE draws influence from Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, but less has been said about how the story of Igbo Landing is central to Daughters of the Dust or about how the story of Igbo Landing – an act of mass resistance against slavery – also shows up in a very pronounced manner in the “Love Drought” video. Read More

A Disreputable Love

A Disreputable Love

“I never intended to hurt my husband. I loved this man in my own way, but I loved him nonetheless. Of all the women I met, none were ever able to love me the way he did. For that I was very grateful to him, but I couldn’t help it that my love for women was stronger than anything. Read More

An Elegy For The Heterosexuals In  Medical School

An Elegy For The Heterosexuals In Medical School

A leans across the table towards me and asks, “What would you do if I said I identified as an attack helicopter?” This semester, A and I have been assigned to the same Problem-Based Learning group. Problem-Based Learning is common practice in medical schools all around the world. The idea is that everyone studies all the Pathology and the Histology and the Physiology and so on individually, and then meets in groups to discuss the problems. Read More

Under The West Indian Sky

Under The West Indian Sky

In tonight’s torrents I think the time to tell has come. It is with a great amount of contrived patience that I produce this correspondence. I would have written sooner but the weather prevented me. The sky hidden away in her grey blankets refused to give counsel and I couldn’t make the decision on my own. I couldn’t find the words by myself. I couldn’t approach you without mediation. When we met I felt the first drops of the rainy season. It was, for me, the most definitive, duplicitous and sensual moment of the year; a time that gave me the ability to align my imagination with actual experiences of you and start the production of this work. I wish our moment could have remained but there was too much rain. Read More

We have to be seen AND heard

We have to be seen AND heard

I think it is important to be able to control this representation, pay attention to its quality because it’s not only about quantity. Who takes the pictures? Of whom?For whom? Who is benefiting from it? What messages does it convey? To me, being visible may be a piece of the puzzle that is emancipation. Read More

Que le lion se réveille ou pas

Que le lion se réveille ou pas

Les minorités sexuelles et de genre ont compris que la visibilité est très importante voire vitale pour que soit prise en compte leur problématique ; sortir d’une position de victime et se reconsidérer, avec à l’esprit que dans l’histoire du monde les dominants n’ont jamais cédé par générosité leurs privilèges. Read More

Portraying Gay Men in Nigeria

Portraying Gay Men in Nigeria

The on-going work of the international acclaimed Photographer, Andrew Asiebo, which portrait Nigerian gay men, blends the private and the public by inviting us in the living quarters of the men in this series Read More