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OPED: Why Africa Cannot Embrace the Gay Agenda - : Jambonewspot

OPED: Why Africa Cannot Embrace the Gay Agenda - : Jambonewspot | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it

It is therefore no surprise that this amongst many other traditional beliefs and practices have been a bedrock of not only strong marriages but resilient family units that have largely extended to the globally admired sense of community in Africa. Africa has one of the lowest but rising rates of divorce in the world. Our children are raised to value education, financial freedom, entrepreneurship, culture and a sense of community.

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A Dangerous Visibility » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine

A Dangerous Visibility » onlineJournal | The Liberator Magazine | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
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Gathara's World: Gay Bans in Africa Are About Control, Not Culture

Gathara's World: Gay Bans in Africa Are About Control, Not Culture | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
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Gay Life In Nigeria, One Of The World’s Most Homophobic Nations

Gay Life In Nigeria, One Of The World’s Most Homophobic Nations | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Gay life in Nigeria is evolving, even as the country considers a measure to make homosexuality a crime punishable by 14 years in prison.
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Cape Town Launch of Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction - Books LIVE (blog)

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Cape Town Launch of Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction
Books LIVE (blog)
The Book Lounge and MaThoko's Books & Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) are delighted to invite you to the launch of Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction.
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Though small, Palestine's queer movement has big vision

Though small, Palestine's queer movement has big vision | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Activists focused on sexuality realize that building alliances with other groups will take time.
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Though small, Palestine's queer movement has big vision

Though small, Palestine's queer movement has big vision | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Activists focused on sexuality realize that building alliances with other groups will take time.
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Mandela’s Queer Legacy

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Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety - COLORLINES

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety - COLORLINES | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Despite aspirational images in popular media, the community’s real economic profile reveals the cost of perfectly legal job discrimination.
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Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these...
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Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature

Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film.
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The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film. Authors and directors place characters in a struggle against forces in both French and Maghrebi society, evoking various themes through which characters define themselves. While these characters embark on different paths in terms of their search for self-discovery, they prove that identities are not rigid. A multitude of factors contribute to

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Essay-Chapter One | Homosexuality Is Halal

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Panel on “Sexual Discourses in the Zionist Project: Queer Politics and Liberation.”

Panel on “Sexual Discourses in the Zionist Project: Queer Politics and Liberation.” | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
» Panel on “Sexual Discourses in the Zionist Project: Queer Politics and Liberation.” A Global Movement for Queer-Powered BDS
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By promoting gay rights as the endpoint of human rights, Israel obscures not only its obliteration of Palestine, but simultaneously silences queer voices who argue that their liberation is always already bound up with the liberation from any form of oppression. Palestinian and international (queer) activists argue that to achieve a radical equality queer politics has to be intrinsically anti-racist, anti-occupation, anti-sexist, and anti-classist.

In this panel, different speakers will talk about pinkwashing, queer politics, and Palestinian liberation. In conjunction, they will share their views on the use of sexuality in a larger context of Islamophobia, imperialism, neoliberalism, globalization, and settler-colonialism.

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Nairobi Police Say Closeted Gays Being Blackmailed And Attacked By Gangs

Nairobi Police Say Closeted Gays Being Blackmailed And Attacked By Gangs | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Police in Nairobi, Kenya are on the lookout for a gang that has been blackmailing -- and in some cases even raping -- closeted gay men in the African nation.
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Solidarity & Sustainability: An Interview with Sokari Ekine

Solidarity & Sustainability: An Interview with Sokari Ekine | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
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Zanele Muholi: "I cannot give up myself and my soul simply because I need some exposure."

Zanele Muholi: "I cannot give up myself and my soul simply because I need some exposure." | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
The photographer and visual activist talks to Bim Adewunmi.
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Andile Mngxitama: Decolonising the African Queer Movement

Andile Mngxitama: Decolonising the African Queer Movement | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Because the LGBTI movement lacks a radical anti-colonial framework, its concerns have often been hijacked by the West, writes Andile Mngxitama.
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Prominent Gay Rights Activist Killed in Cameroon

Prominent Gay Rights Activist Killed in Cameroon | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
A prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon was tortured and killed just weeks after issuing a public warning about the threat posed by "anti-gay thugs," Human Rights Watch said.
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Press Release ICCPR 2013 – Forum LGBTIQ Indonesia

Press Release ICCPR 2013 – Forum LGBTIQ Indonesia | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
The time has come for the Government of Indonesia to State a Firm Position and Actions to End all Forms of Violence and Discriminations
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Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety - COLORLINES

Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety - COLORLINES | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Despite aspirational images in popular media, the community’s real economic profile reveals the cost of perfectly legal job discrimination.
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Should Obama “Speak Out” About Gay Rights in Africa?

Should Obama “Speak Out” About Gay Rights in Africa? | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
As LGBT activists call for Obama to speak out against anti-gay laws in Africa, we discuss the potential fallouts of such diplomatic action
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AYANA: My opinion is a conflicted one. I think that it’s a dangerous liberal move to insist that Obama speak out when the naming of LGBT interests (in the US called “the gay agenda”) is so dismissive of actual individuals on the LGBTQ spectrum, in America or anywhere else. Obama could speak out against the new homophobic laws in Nigeria, but should also condemn laws in the US that have led to an increase in LGBTQ homeless youth, to increased incarceration of queer individuals, and laws/customs that shatter the support provided by chosen family structures, in favour of the insistence of state-by-state approved, mainstream gay marriages which limit federal and local support in healthcare, education, and employment. Speaking out would be nothing short of hypocritical, paternalistic and pinkwashing if he didn’t address America’s problems as on a spectrum of its own that is also flawed and a work in progress (to put it more than optimistically).

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Joburg Pride Shut Down

Joburg Pride Shut Down | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Identity Kenya is Kenya's premier and most read sexual and gender minorities news service and agency.
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The organisations said in a post on Facebook: "From being an event that celebrated political struggle and claimed space for all members of LGBT communities, Joburg Pride has become a capitalist and consumerist gay parade that takes place in a predominantly white and wealthy suburb, is sponsored by multinational corporations and businesses, and is an event that only the economically wealthy sections of LGBT and queer communities are able to fully participate in."

Harford said that she was unaware of the planned meeting and that it had played no part in the board's decision.

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Femmes, Pulling the Pieces Together: A Keynote Address by Pratibha Parmar

Femmes, Pulling the Pieces Together: A Keynote Address by Pratibha Parmar | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Last August, award-winning filmmaker Pratibha Parmar delivered a keynote address at FEMME Conference 2012: Pulling the Pieces Together, in Baltimore, Maryland. We are thrilled to offer here the text of her previously unpublished talk.
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The disapproval of my outward signs of femininity was so evident that literally overnight I stopped my love affair with red lipstick and painted nails, with lacey, frilly tops. Instead, I donned the proverbial dungarees and Doc Marten boots.  I tried to become androgynous in order to fit in with what was seemingly acceptable to white, middle-class feminists while my own reality as a lesbian of color was buried deep.  Needless to say, I wasn’t particularly successful at performing a soft butch androgyny. On me it was bland and boring.  Androgyny and butch was what I desired, not what I wanted to be.

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Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch

Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
[This article features an interview with Moroccan filmmaker and activist Nadir Bouhmouch.
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Gender Talents: A Special Address | Tate

Gender Talents: A Special Address | Tate | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Gender Talents: A Special Address, convened by Carlos Motta at Tate Modern, presents an international group of thinkers, activists, and artists exploring models and strategies to transform the ways in which society perversely defines and regulates...
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Homosexuals and bisexuals victims of the mercenaries at the service of NATO and U.S. in Libya

Homosexuals and bisexuals victims of the mercenaries at the service of NATO and U.S. in Libya | Queer African Reader | Scoop.it
Homosexuals and bisexuals victims of the mercenaries at the service of NATO and U.S. in Libya!!! Libya: Gay Men speak about kidnappings and beatings at the hands of the Islamist militia. By Joseph ...

Via Enrique Ferro, Firoze Manji
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