you have to be gay to know god




“At about 5:20 pm on 31 December 2012, a colleague picked a steak knife from a cutlery tray. He yelled, ‘Angi-gay, mina!’ — I’m not gay! — and came at me with it.” Siya Khumalo grew up in a Durban township where one sermon could whip up a lynch mob against those considered different. Drawing on personal experience – his childhood, life in the army, attending church, and competing in pageants – Khumalo explores being LGBTQI+ in South Africa today. In ‘You Have to Be Gay to Know God’, he takes us on a daring journey, exposing the interrelatedness of religion, politics and sex as the expectations of African cultures mingle with greed and colonial religion.