Sonali Kolhatar speaks with Mark Gevisser about queer frontiers.
It has been only about a decade that same-sex marriage in the US has been something we have been able to take for granted. Even though LGBTQ Americans are legally and openly able to serve in the US military there are constant attacks from the right against the modest measures of equality that the community has achieved.
Worldwide the situation is similar where swift progress on equal rights has gone hand-in-hand with a harsh backlash. Sonali's guest describes this divide as a “pink line,” which he says is, “a human rights frontier that divided and described the world in an entirely new way in the first two decades of the twenty-first century.”
Mark Gevisser, author of A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream, Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir, and Portraits of Power: Profiles in a Changing South Africa. He is also the coeditor of the pathbreaking anthology Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa. His journalism and commentary have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. His new book is called The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers.
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