Five Rhodes University students speak about gender, sexuality and societal pressures that are experienced by members of the LGBTQI+ community. They discuss issues such as labelling, ‘coming out’ and the pervasiveness of heteronormativity within the public sphere. Each student shares their experiences of misconceptions surrounding their gender, sexuality and identities at Rhodes and beyond.
The LGBTQI+ community is increasing in visibility on Rhodes campus. Societies such as OutRhodes and Gender Action Project ensure that members of this community feel welcomed and included. Issues such as heteronormativity, homophobia and misconceptions around gender, sex and sexuality are addressed by these societies in the hopes that the LGBTQI+ community can feel more included and visible. The dissemination of this information is vital so people are more aware of how societal norms exclude and demonise anyone who is not heterosexual. The LGBTQI+ community encompasses many genders, sexuality and orientations allowing some people to live a more fluid life.
Production by Jenna Lillie