Hivos International

Boldly Queer: African Perspectives on Same-sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity

The book is a rich collection of articles, essays, stories and photographs that highlight a growing understanding of LGBT rights struggles and realities on the African continent. Seventeen scholars, activists and writers from across Africa contributed to the book. What the contributions have in common is audacity and boldness, not accepting the status quo of suppression by conservative values, severe criminalisation or increased religiosity. In short, these contributions are “boldly queer”.

The book is a product of the second Conference on African Same-Sex Sexualities and Gender Diversity, which took place in March 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. About sixty persons, all scholarly engaged in or knowledgeable about same-sex practices, identities and communities, together with sexual rights advocates from sixteen sub-Saharan African countries, participated in the conference. They presented and discussed a great diversity of topics related to strategic interventions, lived realities and research. Both the conference and the book are fully sponsored by Hivos.