Queerstion, a unique new Afrikan transgender-specific publication is opening the blinds previously obscuring the continents transgender people. This new voice hasn’t simply shed light on TransAfrika peoples, Queerstion has thrown the window wide open allowing the rest of the world an opportunity to breath deep in the richness of her people!
Queerstion is a beacon, a vital much-needed resource for our global transgender community allowing us to live vicariously through the publications gonzo-style journalism. It is revolutionary as it is unapologetic, beautifully illustrated, with artfully written commentary on our TransAfrikan community living in the remnants of colonialism, upsurging nationalism, and imported rightwing religious evangelism.
REVOLUTIONARY. VOCAL AND VISIBLE.
“Such is the power of media. Queerstion was formed from a place of hope and positivity to create possibilities and build communities.” writes Smyles, Founding Editor. “It is about proactively reclaiming space, collectively taking ownership in creating and re-writing our own narratives. It is a platform to be visible to inspire, celebrate and empower each other and a safer space to organise, question and speak out against all forms of injustices.”
“The deleterious effects of state-sponsored transphobia, societal exclusion and family isolation and discrimination cannot go unmentioned. Trans diverse people everywhere everyday experience gross human rights violations. We can no longer afford to keep silent. Although not a panacea, the ubiquity of the Internet has revolutionised communication. Today it is possible for people to connect, collaborate, collectively and strategically organise their activism for positive change.”
I became aware of Queerstion after reading an article about Zambian Trans* people castigating an ‘indecent clothing’ ban.
Tanaka Mus, Queerstion writer/co-Editor wrote (That)..the alleged statement circulating on social media, signed and typed by police spokesperson Esther Katongo the clothing considered indecent includes: “leggings, skinny jeans, mini skirts (any skirt that does not go below knees and dresses, sagging trousers, ripped jeans, and lace attire.” The letter further explains that indecent exposure in Zambia is an offence which carried a fine of 2500 kwacha or 6 months jail term if one is convicted
Activists and citizens have widely criticised the move which they feel infringes on their constitutional rights.
Lusenga Chipengu a human rights activist from Kitwe said the police should focus on criminals and not on policing people’s bodies.