graeme-reidGraeme Reid is a writer and academic with a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Master's cum laude from the same institution and a PhD cum laude from the University of Amsterdam.


In 2010, Reid’s book Above the Skyline was published. Both an ethnographic study and the historic biography of the founder of an African church supporting homosexuality, Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso, this book explores the different aspects of identities for gays and lesbians who were African and professed Christianity.


Reid has edited various books, including the titles Sex and Politics in South Africa, Men Behaving Differently: South African Men Since 1994 and Refiguring the Archive. He has also published chapters in various books including Gossip, Rumour and Scandal: the Circulation of AIDS Narratives in a Climate of Silence and Secrecy in 2010, and This thing’ and ‘that idea’: Homosexuality, same-sex marriage and traditionalist responses to the Civil Union Bill in 2008, amongst others.


Reid has also published journal articles across numerous publications, namely, in the South African Labour BulletinAgendaSouth African Historical JournalUrban Forum and Innovation, and several others.


An anthropologist by training, Reid is the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa which started in 1997. He also works as a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.


In 1999 and 2000, Reid co-directed the video documentaries Jozi: The Queer Tour and Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free respectively.


Since 2011, Reid has been director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.



How to be a Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-town South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013

Above the Skyline, Unisa Press, 2010