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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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Homosexuality Is African: Struggles “to Be Seen”

Homosexuality Is African: Struggles “to Be Seen”

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Out in Africa

Ashley Currier

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by Namibian and South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists following assertions that they were “gay for pay,” or doing the bidding of foreigners in exchange for funds. These accusations caused Behind the Mask and The Rainbow Project (TRP) to lose their funding from foreign donors, forcing them to suspend their projects and fire some staff members. The assertions also made it difficult for LGBT activists to present a pan-African LGBT movement to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). With the help of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), activists assembled a coherent strategy for making the LGBT movement claims visible and intelligible to the ACHPR.

Keywords:   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT activists, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, The Rainbow Project, Behind the Mask

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