Sexuality and social justice in africa
Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance by Marc EpprechtThe persecution of people in Africa on the basis of their assumed or perceived homosexual orientation has received considerable coverage in the popular media in recent years. Gay-bashing by high political and religious figures in Zimbabwe and Gambia; draconian new laws against lesbians and gays and their supporters in Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda; the imprisonment and extortion of gay men in Senegal and Cameroon; and so-called corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa have all rightly sparked international condemnation. However, much of the analysis thus far has been highly critical of African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences that are contributing to the problem. Such commentary also overlooks grounds for optimism in the struggle for sexual rights and justice in Africa, not just for sexual minorities but for the majority population as well.
Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities and engagement with current lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, Mark Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play, and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.
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The adversaries of African lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people are diverse and they collude in unexpected ways. African nationalist leaders, fossilized into autocrats, say nasty things about them before embarking on austerity programmes or land-grabs. Ambitious African archbishops and imams team up with parliamentarians, cops and judges who want to jail or hang people who are sexually different. Rapists want to rape them, and call rape a cure for homosexuality. Assailed so bewilderingly from so many directions, you would think that lgbti people the lower-case acronym preferred by Marc Epprecht, the author of this book need helpful, capable friends. Yet many of their supporters — particularly in the west — appear capable rather than helpful. They look for black-and-white narratives of gay victimhood or heroic resistance.
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Heike I. Schmidt, Sexuality and social justice in Africa: rethinking homophobia and forging resistance., The persecution of people in Africa on the basis of their assumed or perceived homosexual orientation has received considerable coverage in the popular media in recent years.
African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer LGBTIQ organizations face various strategic dilemmas in contexts characterized by political hostility to gender and sexual dissidents. Scholars interpret these approaches as signifying differential political engagement among organizations, with the social-justice approach indicating political engagement and the public-health approach signaling political disengagement. This difference has led critics to argue that a public-health approach is poorly suited to generating social and legal reform because it de-politicizes LGBTIQ issues over time, while a social-justice approach exerts constant pressure on political and religious elites. We argue for an understanding of the indigenous development of a hybrid strategy integrating the public-health and social-justice approaches. For twenty years, since Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe infamously rebuked lesbian and gay activists, observers in Africa and elsewhere in the world have tracked the efflorescence of political homophobia in varied African nations Engelke ; Hoad ; van Klinken News coverage of political homophobia in Africa highlights how the escalation of prejudice against homosexuals in a country like Uganda mirrors events in other African nations Gettleman , A4.