The closet comes out

07 May 2007
Looking in: Students study the contents of the closet on Jameson Plaza.

The closet may be a symbol of gay repression, but recently 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 was Having Sex with Pieter-Dirk Uys, in which the famous satirist shared the story of his own journey with his sexuality.

The campaign ended on 4 May.

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