Edited by Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas
ï· A visionary work melding academia and art that breaks the mould for Queer African studies
ï· Unique in presenting the voices of LGBTI Africans
ï· Groundbreaking in both scope and content, it encompasses voices from across the African content
As the double jeopardy of homophobia and transphobia, and western imperialism, threaten to silence the voices of African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, the Queer African Reader is a testament to the resistance and unrelenting power of these communities across Africa and her Diaspora. The Queer African Reader brings together academic writings, political analysis, life testimonies, conversations and artistic works by Africans that engage with the struggle for LGBTI liberation.
The book aims to engage the audience from the perspective that various axes of identity — gender, race, class and others — interact to contribute to social inequality. It includes experiences from diverse African contexts and breaks away from the homogenisation of Africa as the homophobic continent to highlight the complexities of LGBTI lives and experiences through their own voices.
Contributions from across the continent explore issues of identity, resistance, solidarity, pinkwashing, global politics, intersections of struggle, religion and culture, community, sex and love.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- A Story
- In sisterhood and solidarity: queering African feminist spaces
- Postcolonial discourses of queer activism and class in Africa
- Contesting narratives of queer Africa
- The single story of ‘African homophobia’ is dangerous for LGBTI activism
- Twice Removed: African Invisibility in Western Queer Theory
- Queerying Borders: An Afrikan Activist Perspective
- Don’t be afraid to let me change
- On the Paradoxical Logic of Intersections: A Mathematical Reading of the Reality of Homosexuality in Africa
- Proudly African and transgender
Gabrielle Le Roux
- The face I love: Zanele Muholi, Faces and Phases
- Caster runs for me
- Transsexual’s nightmare: activism or subjugation?
- The media, the tabloid and the Uganda homophobia spectacle
- Mounting homophobic violence in Senegal
- Queer Kenya in law and policy
- NGOs and Queer Women’s Activism in Nairobi
- LGBTIQD: Does the label fit?
- Deconstructing violence towards black lesbians in South Africa
- Zanele Muholi’s intimate archive: photography and post-apartheid lesbian lives
Photographs by Zanele Muholi
- Disability and desire: journey of a filmmaker
- The vampire bite that brought me to life
Nancy Lylac Warinda
- Nhorondo – Mawazo yetu: Tracing life back — our reflections
Zandile Makahamadze & Kagendo Murungi
- What’s in a letter?
- Straight to the matter
- Telling stories
Happy Mwende Kinyili
- LGBTI-Queer struggles like other struggles in Kenya
- Small axe at the crossroads: a reflection on African sexualities and human rights
- The portrait
- Remember me when I’m gone
- The danger of Malawi’s Gay and Lesbian discourse spinning on the human rights axis
Jessie Kabwila Kapasula
Sylvia Tamale (ed), African Sexualities: A Reader
June 2011 GB pounds 24.95 978-0-85749-01
Sokari Ekine is an educator and writer who has been active in social justice issues around education, race, sexuality, gender, militarization and technology for over twenty years. Sokari has been a regular contributor to Pambazuka News since 2005 and she has published both as editor and author on social media, militarization, gender and human rights. Most recently she co-edited African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions.
Hakima Abbas, the executive director of Fahamu, has been active in struggles for social justice around issues of self-determination, race, class, gender and sexuality for over fifteen years. She has published extensively as editor and author of articles and books related to development, human rights and social justice.