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‘We Are The Gentle Angry People’: Emotional Legacies of South African LGBT Activism

January 7, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Activist Kyle Bella writes:
“In November and December, I traveled to South Africa to explore LGBTQ activism around HIV/AIDS. I focused most of my work on Simon Nkoli, born in one of the townships outside of Johannesburg, who would later become the country’s first recognizable Black and gay activist. I would like to talk about his legacy, what it means for a younger generation of activists to access this material today, and explore what these emotionally charged histories can mean for us in the United States.”

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

This event is presented by the Bureau in conjunction with the Bureau’s exhibition The Uses of Anger.

Kyle Bella currently resides in Bushwick. He’s the founder of Our Viral Lives, an online archive of stories related to HIV and sexuality for an under 35 LGBTQ audience. He also writes for various publications, and is working on a book project about queer archiving in 2016.




January 7, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM