Photo Essay: Netball Offers Queer Men Safe And Enjoyable Space In Sport By Cheryl Roberts

26 Sep

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Netball is a popular sport for girls and women and its also popular for men – that’s mostly queer men. Men’s netball is growing in numbers with men’s leagues being played all over South Africa, including provincial and national championships.

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This Saturday past (21 September 2019) I watched in awe some men’s netball matches being played out in the KZN Super League. The players played fabulous netball. They displayed world class techniques and skills. They had the biggest crowds watching them play because they play fast, entertaining netball. Some of South Africa’s top netball teams and players come out of KZN netball. So when the chance arises to see these players in action, those at the netball courts gather to watch them play.

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Its mostly queer men who play netball; some men are heterosexual, too. Netball offers the queer men a safe, enjoyable and happy space where they can participate in what is popularly known as a women’s sport, without fear of being teased and taunted for ‘being moffies playing a woman’s sport’. And there’s no homophobia on the netball court. Everyone is one big happy netball family, supporting, cheering and encouraging.

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Saturday’s KZN Super League men’s netball matches captured my attention. I loved holding my camera and capuring the action of the men netballers. This is my photo essay…….

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