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Out in AfricaLGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa$
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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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“This Lesbian Issue”: Navigating Public Visibility as Lesbian Movement Organizations

“This Lesbian Issue”: Navigating Public Visibility as Lesbian Movement Organizations

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Out in Africa

Ashley Currier

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the strategy of Namibian and South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement against anti-lesbian hostility. The Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) and Sister Namibia cultivated different strategic orientations to visibility as lesbian movement organizations. The FEW developed an orientation towards public visibility that protected black lesbians and the organization’s public reputation as violence against black South African lesbians in Johannesburg intensified, while Sister Namibia devised ways for the public to regard lesbian rights as women’s rights. The chapter recounts the protest of black lesbian activists against Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa who was accused of raping a female activist.

Keywords:   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, The Forum for the Empowerment of Women, Jacob Zuma, Johannesburg, Sister Namibia

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