Above the skyline

Above the skyline : Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the founding of an African gay church

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In 1994, the year of South Africa's transition to democracy, a church was launched - the first of its kind in Africa. The Hope and Unity Metropolitan Community Church, led by the charismatic Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso, appealed to lesbian and gay Africans in search of a spiritual home. Above the Skyline provides a detailed ethnographic study of this unique church community. Graeme Reid shows how the church created the possibility of an integrated cultural identity for gay and lesbian Christians in an African context. By adopting the rhetoric, style and rituals of Pentecostal worship, the church provides a powerful counter-narrative to persistent claims that homosexuality is 'un-Christian' and 'un-African'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 173 x 246 x 12.7mm | 395g
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • English
  • 1868885542
  • 9781868885541
  • 3,101,548

About Graeme Reid

Graeme Reid is a lecturer in LGBT Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. He is the co-author of Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa (2004). He is co-editor of Refiguring the Archive (2002); Sex and Politics in South Africa (2005) and Men Behaving Differently: South African Men Since 1994 (2005). He has also co-directed a documentary focusing on South African gay hairstylists working in small towns entitled Dark and Lovely Soft and Free (2000).
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