GALA (Gay and Lesbian Archives) and the Apartheid Museum launched a new exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of South Africa's constitution. The exhibition is titled Balancing Act: South African Gay and Lesbian Youth Speak Out, and it shares stories of gay and lesbian youth in South Africa. The basic purpose is to promote tolerance for difference through education.
In the exhibition eleven young South Africans from a wide range of social backgrounds speak about their experiences, hopes and dreams. The Constitution has officially affirmed the equality and dignity of people of all sexual orientations. But widespread hostility means that lifestyles that are 'different' remain hidden and inadequately represented in the public realm. The book and the exhibition are called 'Balancing Act' because these young people have to balance between being true to themselves and living in a prejudiced society.
Drama at the Museum
The presentations are ideal for primary and high school learners who would like to gain a variety of viewpoints about the role of women in different cultures and their struggle for emancipation. Schools that would like to send classes to attend the shows should book by contacting the Natal Museum reception desk (033 3451404).
Honours students taking part in the shows are: Clement Ntuli who plays the part of John L. Dube, pioneer activist for human rights in KwaZulu-Natal, including the rights of women; Thobeka Zimu who portrays an Indian woman, discussing Indian women's rights; Erin Fourie, a visiting Australian student in the UKZN Drama Department, who will be talking about Australian women's rights; Jackie Keevy who plays the part of Emily Pankhurst, suffragette movement leader, who fought in England for the right for women to be able to vote; and Karen Moodley who portrays a Japanese woman, talking about women's rights in Japan.