Cape Town-based Gary Hartley is the founder and editor-in-chief of SCAFFOLD — an online platform that hosts indepth interviews with queer South African artists and shares international queer arts and culture news. Scaffold is a one-man show, but that doesn’t deter Hartley from maintaining the space “dedicated to uplifting, celebrating and promoting” the LGBTIQ+ community. The former writer and producer for e.tv and eNCA noticed how the South African queer community leads progressive and critical thinking in the country and how this thinking is often showcased in the work of queer artists, so his platform aims to amplify just that. For Hartley to finally create SCAFFOLD, he had to overcome self-doubt and anxiety by trusting his ideas, instinct and capabilities. He’s learned to not wait for people to grant him permission to follow his goals, and is determined to build an online archive for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Be yourself and embrace who you are, because that is what gives you more power in this world. Most importantly, be patient with yourself, but do not lose focus of where you want to go.