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Ashley Currier

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678006

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678006.001.0001

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The Rise of LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa

The Rise of LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa

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Out in Africa

Ashley Currier

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the emergence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization in South Africa and Namibia. In the late 1960s, white gay and lesbian South Africans formed an organization to counter the apartheid state’s repressive tactics. As the anti-apartheid movement intensified in the 1970s and 1980s, black lesbian and gay activists challenged white activists who were unwilling to publicly oppose apartheid or to recruit non-white lesbians and gay men. LGBT activists recruited individuals of different races to form multiracial movement organizations to work for racial and sexual equality. They persuaded African National Congress (ANC) leaders to support LGBT rights in the postapartheid democratic transition in the 1990s.

Keywords:   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT organization, South Africa, Namibia, African National Congress

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