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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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Disappearing Acts: Organizational Invisibility in Times of Opportunity

Disappearing Acts: Organizational Invisibility in Times of Opportunity

(p.89) 3 Disappearing Acts: Organizational Invisibility in Times of Opportunity
Out in Africa

Ashley Currier

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the missed political opportunities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists in Namibia and South West Africa. South African LGBT movement organizations failed to mobilize immediately after the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage late in 2005 and early in 2006. In Namibia, The Rainbow Project (TRP) deferred launching a public law-reform campaign as a response to South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) leaders’ homophobia and internal conflicts over the organization’s strategic priorities.

Keywords:   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Namibia, The Rainbow Project, South West African People’s Organisation, homophobia

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