Angola Kanga Flag

Angola kanga Queer pride flag
Angola kanga Queer pride flag

Angola Kanga Flag

46.00

Kanga Quote translation:

"You see me, they think I am invisible, you love me anyway" - Quote submitted by Awuor Onyango

This is the TRTL kanga honoring Angola's Queer history.

Though largely conservative, Angola is considered to be part of Africa's less homophobic countries and its recent strides in Queer rights are further proof of its more open stance towards the Queer community. For instance: it's been illegal to refuse employment to someone based on their sexual orientation since September 2015, and in June, 2018, the Iris Angola Association (Associação Íris Angola, which is featured in the kanga) became the first Queer rights organisation to be legally registered by the Angolan government. Last Wednesday, on January the 23rd, 2019, Angola decriminalized same-sex relationships and, further, created new laws that expanded its ban on discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation.

Prior to all this, though, the conversation around sexuality and gender identity mainly played out in the media, which is why this kanga prominently features trans Kuduro artist "Titica", one of Angola's most popular musical artists, as well as artist Coréon Dú's production company, Semba Comunicação. Through its programming, the Semba production company intentionally used its platform to explore sensitive social issues like polygamy, substance abuse, sexual violence, and LGBT issues like violence against Queer people, same-sex relationships, and suicide in the Queer community. Semba was also the only production company that did not ban Titica from their programming after the singer publicly revealed that she was transgender. In February 2015, Semba's popular drama series “Jikulumessu” aired an episode that showed a kiss between two men that created quite an uproar in the country.

This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1m by 1.5m metres.

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