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Queer Politics

Two interviews: African sexualities & gay imperialism – Queer activism in Germany & Europe

Below are two interviews me speaking on [African Perspectives] and Jin Haritaworn – on the [Women’s Magazine]. Mine focuses on Africa whilst Jin’s centers on Europe, specifically Germany. What is interesting to me is that listening to both interviews shows the many connections between the two continents – in Europe / Germany racism within the LGBTI community, islamaphobia, anti-immigration / racism and gay imperialism. In Africa the struggle to move beyond the single story towards a more complex and holistic reading of sexualities, the place of religious fundamentalism in driving homophobia and conversely gay imperialism compromising the struggle against homophobia and criminalisation as well as silencing African voices [See statement by African LGBTI activists]

African Perspectives

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Women’s Magazine

Women’s Magazine – July 19, 2010 at 1:00pm

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  1. floridiajbettina

    Thank you, Sokari. This was a valued learning experience and a challenge to my perspectives. The quote by Victor Mukasa, transgender activist, sums up the work and reason for the struggle. We are doing so now that future generations “will gain power, hope, peace and pride from looking at my portrait.”

  2. Gabrielle Le Roux

    Thanks Sokari for these programmes, your interview and Jin's interview work very well together. You are both dealing with such a range of complex issues and ways of joining the dots between how we got where where we are today and what to do about it. Your insights, hindsight and analyses reward an attentive listener with a breadth and depth of understanding.The emerging vision taxes language precisely because we are searching for ways to express alternative ways of being, living, loving and using power.

  3. Chinwe Azubuike

    Fantastic interview Sokari… it felt like you and Jin Haritaworn had a telepathic connection on thoughts about this issue. I must say that your interview Sokari, was very informative- to people , no matter what sexual orientation. I'm sure you will continue to inform and educate.

  4. Sokari

    Chinwe@ yes it is interesting how that turned out as I did not even know about Jin's interview until afterwards. Thanks for listening and for your comment.

  5. Tom Pengelly

    I've only had a chance to listen to the African perspectives interview (will listen to the one about Berlin later), but brilliant interview, thank you for this – I now have a reference point when I address other Brits about flaws with our “queer foreign policy” so to speak (when you say pink colonialism, I keep comparing queer activists with Christian missionaries). And it's good to hear my country being dressed down generally once in a while! Keep up the good work!

  6. Sokari

    Tom @ thank you for your encouraging comment – please do spread the word!