Dalila Ali Rajah
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LGBT Africans Maintain Their Identity Through Style

LGBTQ Africans Maintain Their Identity Through Style

Anyone who thinks that fashion is just clothing may now leave the room. Personal style is political, self-confirming, and full of complex messages.

Limit(less) is an ongoing photography project by Mikael Owunna documenting the fashion and style of LGBT Africans in diaspora. "As LGBTQ Africans, we are constantly told that being LGBTQ is somehow 'un-African,' and this rhetoric is a regular part of homophobic and transphobic discourse in African communities," he says. "This line of thinking, however, is patently false and exists an artifact of colonization of the African continent. Identities which would now be categorized as 'LGBTQ' have always existed, and being LGBTQ does not make us 'less' African."
Limit(less) explores how LGBTQ African immigrants navigate their identities and find ways to overcome the supposed "tension" between their LGBTQ and African identities. 

We excerpted just a few of the growing collection of profiles on the Limit(less) site. Page through below for individual profiles in this project.


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