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South Africa: Simon Nkoli's Fight for Queer Rights in South Africa Is Finally Being Celebrated

Analysis - Born in 1957, Simon Tseko Nkoli had just turned 41 when he died, in 1998, of an AIDS-related illness. In his short life, the South African activist fought against different forms of oppression. He fought for those downtrodden because of their "race". He stood up for those ostracised because of their HIV status. His greatest fight, though, was for those persecuted because of their sexual orientation.

In his short life, the South African activist fought against different forms of oppression.His activism began in 1980 when he joined the Congress of South African Students, a youth organisation fighting apartheid.South African musician Majola sings about queer love in isiXhosa, one of the country's most widely spoken languages.Also noteworthy is the South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga's sculptural work on Nkoli.

A new South African musical production by composer Philip Miller called GLOW: The Life and Trials of Simon Nkoli is set to launch in 2023.Retired South African judge Edwin Cameron, himself openly gay and living with HIV, explained Nkoli's legacy at the opening of the Simon Nkoli exhibition at the Stellenbosch University Museum in 2019.

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