A few months ago, Thoba Sithole and Tsepho “Cam” Modisane were joined as husband and husband in atraditional Zulu weddingin KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. As far as anyone seems to know, theirs is the first traditional wedding ceremony ever held for a gay couple. The ceremony involved a ritual slaughtering of a bull; dancing and celebrating; and gift-exchanging between their families. As Cam says, “[The wedding] is against this idea that being gay is un-African. Being gay is as African as being black.”
Cam and Thoba, both 27, have known one another for 3 years. Cam proposed to Thoba using an engagement ring he crafted himself from a Checkers bag. They plan to start a family.