Sex & Gender

feature: director nneka onourah’s “the same difference” documentary explores black queer frustration & discrimination under heteronormative gender roles

February 17, 2016

“Which one’s the man?” People readily ask of gay and queer couples, ignorantly viewing queer relationships through a heteronormative lens. This limited understanding of romantic and sexual relationships forcing queers into another hetero-centric system of gender roles, which their queerness (likely) didn’t fit into in the first place. This attitude towards or understanding of romantic/sexual relationships is, obviously, greater than the occasional bone-head asking rude questions, it also lends itself to gender-defining within queer communities themselves— particularly within black lesbian communities. Director Nneka Onourah’s documentary “The Same Difference” brazenly explores queer frustration, discrimination, and oppression under heteronormative gender roles within the black lesbian community. “The Same Difference” will be showing at Sydney’s Mardi Gras Film Festival Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. Watch the teaser trailer down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at