The project #BlackDragMagic tells the stories of black queer, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people who grew up in the townships of Cape Town. The project was created to serve as a platform of expression for black queer individuals where they were invited to co-create images they felt told their stories in a way that was affirming and celebratory.
Belinda, the photographer, and other black, queer, gender non-conforming, and transgender people collaborated in a project to decolonize drag culture and find a particularly African expression of drag. The aim was also to highlight the need for the African lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ+) community to find their identities irrespective of their backgrounds, and to reclaim the public space in a community where they are subject to discrimination, harassment, and violence. Discrimination is part of everyday life for LGBTQ+ people in townships such as Khayelitsha, especially in public areas.
July 21, 2022