Female genital mutilation and postcolonial struggles are in fact intimately and historically linked.
Author: Onni Gust
Onni Gust with Radhika Govindrajan Elections in India are drawing to a close with results pending. Amongst the 814 million eligible to vote are 28 000 gender non-conforming people, many of whom are hijra, who can now register as “third gender.” The competition for seats in the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, […]
Onni Gust On 11th November, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal code, which declares “carnal intercourse against the order of nature against any man, woman or animal” to be a crime. The ruling came as a shock to LGBT rights activists. In 2009, following […]
Onni Gust Robert Baden-Powell, Cecil Rhodes and Lawrence of Arabia have three things in common: 1) They are all white and male- assigned; 2) They are all suspected to have harbored homosexual desires, and, in the case of Rhodes, to have had a male lover and partner; 3) They all […]
Sunday 26th January 2014 marked three years since the murder of David Kato.
Onni Gust Nineteenth-century British travel writers and colonial officials rarely passed on the opportunity to prefix some derogatory hyperbole to the word ‘eunuch.’ Frequently they offered extensive defamation, referring to eunuchs as “the vilest and most polluted beings” and commenting on the “revolting” practices that they imagined, but could rarely […]