Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope


Nancy Nicol; Adrian Jjuuko; Richard Lusimbo; Nick J. Mulé; Susan Ursel; Amar Wahab; Phyllis Waugh


Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project sought to facilitate learning from each other and to create outcomes that would advance knowledge and social justice. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary filmmaking. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.

The chapters are bursting with invaluable first hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa. As well, authors from Canada, Botswana and Kenya examine key turning points in the advancement of SOGI issues at the United Nations, and provide critical insights on LGBT asylum in Canada. Authors also speak to a need to reorient and decolonise queer studies, and turn a critical gaze northwards from the Global South. It is a book for activists and academics in a range of disciplines from postcolonial and sexualities studies to filmmaking, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners committed to envisioning, and working for, a better future.


  • Foreword
    Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites
  • Overview
    Nancy Nicol
  • 1. Vacillating between empathy and contempt: the Indian judiciary and LGBT rights
    Arvind Narrain
  • 2. Expanded criminalisation of consensual same-sex relations in Africa: contextualising recent developments
    Adrian Jjuuko and Monica Tabengwa
  • 3. Policing borders and sexual/gender identities: queer refugees in the years of Canadian neoliberalism and homonationalism
    Gary Kinsman
  • 4. Queer affirmations: negotiating the possibilities and limits of sexual citizenship in Saint Lucia
    Amar Wahab
  • 5. Violence and LGBT human rights in Guyana
    Pere DeRoy with Namela Baynes Henry
  • 6. Cultural discourse in Africa and the promise of human rights based on non-normative sexuality and/or gender expression: exploring the intersections, challenges and opportunities
    Monica Mbaru, Monica Tabengwa and Kim Vance
  • 7. Haven or precarity? The mental health of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in Canada
    Nick J. Mulé and Kathleen Gamble
  • 8. The rise of SOGI: human rights for LGBT people at the United Nations
    Kim Vance, Nick J. Mulé, Maryam Khan and Cameron McKenzie
  • 9. Resistance to criminalisation, and social movement organising to advance LGBT rights in Belize
    Caleb Orozco
  • 10. The multifaceted struggle against the Anti- Homosexuality Act in Uganda10.
    Adrian Jjuuko and Fridah Mutesi
  • 11. Emergent momentum for equality: LGBT visibility and organising in Kenya
    Jane Wothaya Thirikwa
  • 12. Kuchu resilience and resistance in Uganda: a history
    Richard Lusimbo and Austin Bryan
  • 13. Gender theatre: the politics of exclusion and belonging in Kenya
    Guillit Amakobe, Kat Dearham and Po Likimani
  • 14. Telling Our Stories: Envisioning participatory documentary
    Nancy Nicol
  • Appendix: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights participatory documentaries


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August 20, 2018

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