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News from Nigeria

I told my son that he would get his first sense of things as soon as we boarded the flight. Planes bound for Lagos, I told him, were filled with…..

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Africa has always been more Queer than generally acknowledged

Homosexuality is also often depicted as an import from the deviant West. But the African Continent has always been more queer than generally acknowledged; it has always rainbow-hazed into such a range of sexualities that it is a matter of legitimate political and critical concern that homosexualities and African societies are read as antinomous. Also, these homosexualities fall outside of the purview of the law and even of language. The expression—‘to call a spade a spade’— entails speaking plainly without avoiding embarrassing issues. But what if the spade, while remaining a tool, is called differently in another language? While same-sex practices are rampant throughout the African Continent, claiming homosexual identity is forbidden and even condemned. The question of what constitutes ‘sex’ in Africa and, in particular, same-sex sex is still a blindspot.

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Brokeback Iceberg

Everyone loves an African animal story. People get terribly upset when African animals are declared extinct (as was the Western Black rhino, last week), but when we see this video…..

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Video: Homosexuality is African

The 46-minute video of the recent BBC World “Debate” with the unfortunate title: “Is Homosexuality Un-African?” It is of course as African as sadza, ugali, nsima, asaro and pap. The…..

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Being Gay in Africa

The problem is the way I dress. Everyone is asking, ‘is that a boy or a girl?’ In clubs, when ladies can get in for free, they push us, tell…..

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Debating Sexuality in South Africa

[vodpod id=Video.3271392&w=425&h=350&fv=id%3D48210] As @ekapa correctly noted in his comment on my post about “Homophobia as National Sport” in South Africa, “… depressing as this is its a symptom/result of the…..

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Homosexuality is Illegal in 37 African Countries

Radio Netherlands International has a 51-minute, really good, program on the hysteria and violence against gay people on the continent. Guest include Ian Swartz, founder of a gay rights organisation…..

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Homophobia in Africa

“…. In the last six months we have seen the expression of homophobia with the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill; the arrest of gay Malawian couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, for…..

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THE CULTURE WARS

There’s been more reporting (see clip from Rachel Maddow’s show above) and commentary here in the US (though mainly from progressives in the media) about the connections between American Christian…..