International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 299

Full Length Research Paper

Queer spirituality of black lesbians in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Ntombana Luvuyo
  • Ntombana Luvuyo
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
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Nombulelo Towa
  • Nombulelo Towa
  • Centre for Gender and Africa Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa.
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Nobubele Phuza
  • Nobubele Phuza
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
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  •  Received: 28 June 2020
  •  Accepted: 27 July 2020
  •  Published: 31 July 2020

Abstract

Research on lesbian women and their sexuality has increased since the adoption of a democratic constitution in South Africa. Yet a large part of the research has focused more on the prevalence of rape on Black lesbians in South African townships, while a substantial amount focused more on the lived experiences of Christian gays. The available body of work above has been taken into consideration and, therefore, this paper documents how Black lesbians construct their spiritual identities. This exploration involves an examination of how the research participants manage to integrate their spiritual/religious identities with their different sexual orientation. For this enquiry, a qualitative research approach was used, and phenomenology was identified as the best approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants who identify themselves as Christian, and who also self-identify as lesbian.

 

Key words: Christianity, sexuality, spirituality, lesbian, identity, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).