The closet comes out

26 April 2007 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Looking in: Students study the contents of the closet on Jameson Plaza.

The closet may be a symbol of gay repression, but this week it became a tool to challenge homophobia on campus. As part of No Place to Hide, a fortnight-long campaign to stimulate awareness of homophobia, a closet was erected on Jameson Plaza to encourage debate.

Information about the oppression of gays in the past was plastered inside the closet, as well as details about the numerous strides made towards promoting equality. Passers-by were encouraged to write their thoughts on the outside of the closet.

The No Place to Hide programme includes a provocative poster campaign, as well as a panel discussion on prejudice against gays in post-apartheid South Africa, scheduled for 25 April. Another highlight will be Having Sex with Pieter-Dirk Uys on 3 May at 13h00 in the NSLT, in which the famous satirist will share the story of his own journey with his sexuality.

The campaign ends on 4 May.

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