Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa (Social Movements, Protest and Contention)

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Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa (Social Movements, Protest and Contention) Author Ashley Currier
ISBN-10 0816678014
ISBN-13 9780816678013
Year 2012-06-28
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Visibility matters to activiststo their social and political relevance their credibility their influence But invisibility matters too in times of political hostility or internal crisis Out in Africa is the first to present an intimate look at how Namibian and South African lesbian gay bisexual and transgender LGBT organizations have cultivated visibility and invisibility as strategies over time As such it reveals the complexities of the LGBT movements in both countries as these organizations make use of Western terminology and notions of identity to gain funding even as they work to counter the perception that they are un African Different sociopolitical conditions in Namibia and South Africa affected how activists in each country campaigned for LGBT rights between 1995 and 2006 Focusing on this period Ashley Currier shows how in Namibia LGBT activists struggled against ruling party leaders homophobic rhetoric and how at the same time black LGBT citizens of South Africa though enjoying constitutional protections greater visibility and heightened activism nonetheless confronted homophobic violence because of their gender and sexual nonconformity As it tells the story of the evolving political landscape in postapartheid Namibia and South Africa Out in Africa situates these countries movements in relation to developments in pan African LGBT organizing and offers broader insights into visibility as a social movement strategy rather than simply as a static accomplishment or outcome of political organizing

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