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Workshop ~ Media Training for Young LGBTI Activists

South Africa, 27 September 2012


Iranti, has been in collaboration with media activist, award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist, Spectra.


She is the voice behind the afrofeminist media blog, Spectra Speaks (, which publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, media, and diversity in Africa and the Diaspora. If you are interested please write to Iranti intern, Nqobile Zungu (, who is putting this workshop together.


Workshop report ~ Skills Development: Photography and Social Media

It was a perfect day. This is a common expression when we feel we spent a day together and it was well worth it. Iranti, in collaboration with Spectra Speaks, co-convened a workshop focused on photography and social media. The participants were youth from the Uthingo Youth LGBTI group from Daveyton.


The workshop was held at the Alf Kumalo Museum, an appropriate space young people to be surrounded by photographs that reflect on South Africa’s history.  The group was introduced to the importance of the photographer as a witness and we looked at how photography plays an important role in documenting key moments in our lives. Photography also serves to inform, educate and advance change.
Spectra is Nigerian, based in the US. She is a writer, blogger and media advocate.  Her training taught the group the value and importance of using social media for activism.  Essential information and discussions centered on the importance of community and learning what and how we relate to persons online.
The group practiced their photographic skills and left feeling the day was just perfect!  Follow up trainings are planned for October to December. This project is not currently donor-funded and we are seeking funding for a more sustained training programme.


Uthingo Youth LGBTI group from Daveyton


Uthingo Youth LGBTI group from Daveyton





about SpectraSpeaks



Spectra is an MIT-educated, novel-writing, video-game-playing, community organizing, cartoon-watching, business book-devouring immigrant queer masculine of center woman of Color currently living in Boston.


She founded the first multicultural LGBT group for women in New England (QWOC+ Boston), and is known within the LGBT people of color community and across mainstream LGBT, feminist, and other progressive circles, for the fun and boundary-pushing strategies she’s concept-ed to increase consciousness of diversity, unity, and pride within and across New England’s mainstream queer community.


In her own words: “During the course of my work (and via my personal journey as an “iqwoc”), I have felt both overwhelmed and discouraged by the “progressive” media’s narrow (and mainly white) perspectives on an array of social issues. Africans and Africa are routinely and frequently infantilized under the guise of selflessness and new age philanthropy; the LGBT movement often sounds like the white gay male marriage fight; feminist perspectives often carelessly leave out women of color; women of color narratives ignore the complexities of the immigrant subset (Latinas, Africans, Asians etc), and the list goes on and on. My blog is the natural response to this nonsense.”


In 2010, Spectra was honored by Fenway Health and the History Project for her work with women and the LGBT community. She was also accepted into EMERGE, a distinguished women’s training program for aspiring political leaders. Spectra is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, and social change forums across the east coast, and is an avid blogger about all things women, diversity, movement building, and leadership as it pertains to the African Diaspora. Read her blog or follow her daily musings on Twitter @spectraspeaks.


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