Transformation in higher education has tended to focus on race and sex, at the expense of other forms
of discrimination. This article addresses the silencing of ‘queer’ issues in higher education. Using queer
theory as a framework, and drawing on current literature, popular media reports, two personal critical
incidents and a project addressing homophobia in educational institutions, I explore the concerning
nature and pervasiveness of homophobia in South African higher education institutions and argue for the
adoption of a queer approach towards transformation. Such an approach prioritises the intersectionality
and multiplicity of social identities and foregrounds queer issues in South African higher education
institutions, including the challenging of homophobia and its manifestations.