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Queer African Reader by Sokari Ekine
Queer African Reader by Sokari Ekine
I approached this volume with a little trepidation, as many of the contributions are quite academic, but actually I found it (in the main) very readable & full of interest, and often very moving. It's intended to be a conversation by Africans with Africans, and so there's much debate (both political-pragmatic and conceptual) about problematic Western influences, including not only the obviously negative influence of the (neo)colonial legacy but also the Western mindset behind the framing of notions of human rights and the at-times presumptuous & problemamtic approaches of NGOs in advocating for LGBTQI people. However, this is in no way a collection of victim narratives: the emphasis is on… Read more
Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman
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I loved this book of short stories about gay and lesbian Somali lives in Kenya and Peckham, South London. The language is a really original mash-up of bits of Kiswahili, Somali and London Blackney. Sometimes it's poetic and lyrical, sometimes it's tough and UK urban. Really unusually Osman gets inside both gay men and lesbians - and trans characters too, so it feels like a wide palette and psychological landscape. If there's an overall theme I'd say it's about acceptance and self-acceptance. I was particularly interested in the stories that deal with mental illness in a vivid and alarming way - including an autobiographical essay about the author's own experiences - but it's not at all… Read more
Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking&hellip by Marc Epprecht
...for anyone interested in engaging constructively with the struggle for sexual minorities' rights in Africa. In a focused but very readable way Epprecht explores and explains the particularities, cultural, historical and political, that inform LGBTQ issues & identities in Africa today. He suggests ways we can take what works about Western models of sexual identities & rights while rejecting the assumption that the Western model is the only - or in particular the universal - one, and shows how African perspectives and philosophical underpinnings(such as Ubuntu, or African humanism) also have liberatory potential for LGBTQI citizens, and human truths to reveal. I found this aspect… Read more