New Release: Christina Engela’s Book of Candid Quotes


“Christina Engela’s Book of Candid Quotes” has just been released as an eBook – Download it here FREE!

“Sometimes our biggest obstacle is our own fear of success.” – Christina Engela

Many of these quotes come from my activism days, when I wrote and shared articles almost daily to address various social injustices on local and international stages. I think they’re pretty good, so I decided to share them with the world. I hope you enjoy them, find something thought provoking, and share it as well.

Download it here FREE!

New Release: “The Pink Community – The Facts” Second Edition!


slide1New release: “The Pink Community – The Facts” – Second Edition! Back in 2009 when I was in full swing of my human rights advocacy and running two LGBT rights groups (SA GLAAD and ECGLA), I put together an online information resource which mainly consisted of useful quotes and links to articles online.

As an activist who campaigned a lot on social media against bigotry in form of homophobia and transphobia, these links came in handy to post as replies to enraged bigots, rather than typing out lengthy replies each time! Instead, the link would manifest with a reference to a useful scientific or medical article that would invalidate the bigot’s viewpoint, and they would be left there, seething, embarrassed, with egg on their faces!

Gradually this list grew until it migrated from a text file I kept on my PC, into a Word document – and then, when I started my blog “Sour Grapes: The Fruit of Ignorance”, I dedicated several pages to it there. Later, in about 2012, I migrated it to my official author site, where it still lurks, as a free resource for human rights advocacy. This allowed for page hierarchies rather than just a huge cluster (or clutter!) of pages on a site! More

What Do I Really Want?


It’s regarded as naive’ to want everyone to ‘just get along’ and ‘make nice’… but nevertheless, that’s all I really want from the world. Every day as a human rights advocate I see words spoken by people consumed by anger and hatred towards other people, and it saddens me. Yes, I’ve spoken out in anger before too, and I will again today and tomorrow… but that’s a reaction to the hatred and anger of others – and the acts of cruelty committed out of their hatred and anger. At least I am above committing such acts of hatred and cruelty, unlike those I usually take on as an activist.

…but why can’t we just try to get along? Why do those who do harm to others so vehemently defend and look for excuses to justify their hatred and their actions of harm? Does hurting others make them more right? Does destroying lives prove their point? Does doing bad things in the name of ‘goodness’ or ‘righteousness’ mean they are ‘good’ people?

Let’s make a pact to start fresh. Try to look at the world around us anew – at OURSELVES and at each other anew. Not as Christians or ChristianISTS, Muslims or Islamicists, as ‘straights’ or ‘homosexuals’, or as different shades of skin color, not as our religions or cultures or ideologies or races – but as PEOPLE.

I’m not in government, you aren’t in government – only the politicians pursuing wealth and power are in government. They seem to decide our causes and our issues for us… instead of us doing that for them.

We should stop lending our ears to these puppeteers, and stop giving them what they want. It’s time they started listening to the people and giving us what we want.

Peace. Harmony. True equality. Rule of law, safety and security – honoring the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, transparency, accountability. A healthy, growing, stable economy; a living wage, social security, an open equal opportunity society.

Make it so.

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