Under the Udala Trees – a Review

by Claire L. Heuchan I have read a lot of lesbian fiction in my time. For the most part my life, both as a reader and a lesbian woman, has been all the richer for it. However, the vast majority of these books have focussed specifically on love, sex, and relationships between white women –… Read More

Power and Control: Domestic and Intimate-Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

by Carolyn Wysinger No one actually knows this story but me and God. Seven years ago I was in a relationship with another woman. She was beautiful, smart and had a great career. We shared a mutual respect for family, food and good times. The woman was also an abuser. I didn’t know that at… Read More

A Thank You Note From a Black Lesbian

Dear Reader, It has been 123 days since I left Congo, where my mother held me captive on account of my sexuality. Now, after much soul-searching, talk therapy, meditation, CBT and sweet, sweet sleep, I am slowly emerging from my hiding place. What happened was a tragedy, life-shattering trauma. Yes, I saw the ugliness of… Read More

First Boi In – Dressing Queer in the Corporate World

Carolyn Wysinger takes us on a journey into the corporate workplace, where as the ‘first boi in’ her inventive transgression of gender dress codes also means getting used to ‘the daily stares, the interested glances of some and the disdain of others.’ I’ve heard it said that lesbian femme women come out everyday. This is in reference to them having to constantly inform people… Read More

Book list for black girls: promoting self-love and empowering young black women

by Christina Fonthes [twitter-follow screen_name=’CongoMuse’] It is 2014; Nicola Adams is the first (black, lesbian) woman to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. Michelle Obama is the first black woman to occupy the White House. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce Banda are Africa’s first women Presidents. Malorie Blackman is Britain’s first black, Children’s Laureate. Hope Powell… Read More