Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights

(Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope
Edited by Nancy Nicol, Adrian Jjuuko, Richard Lusimbo, Nick Mulé, Susan Ursel, Amar Wahab, and Phyllis Waugh
13 September 2018
458 pp
Paperback: 978-0-9931102-3-8
PDF: 978-0-9931102-8-3
Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project sought to facilitate learning from each other and to create outcomes that would advance knowledge and social justice. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary filmmaking. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.

The chapters are bursting with invaluable first hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa. As well, authors from Canada, Botswana and Kenya examine key turning points in the advancement of SOGI issues at the United Nations, and provide critical insights on LGBT asylum in Canada. Authors also speak to a need to reorient and decolonise queer studies, and turn a critical gaze northwards from the Global South. It is a book for activists and academics in a range of disciplines from postcolonial and sexualities studies to filmmaking, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners committed to envisioning, and working for, a better future.

Table of contents: 
1. Vacillating between empathy and contempt: the Indian judiciary and LGBT rights
Arvind Narrain
2. Expanded criminalisation of consensual same-sex relations in Africa: contextualising the recent developments
Adrian Jjuuko and Monica Tabengwa  
3. Policing borders and sexual/gender identities: queer refugees in the years of Canadian neoliberalism and homonationalism
Gary Kinsman  
4. Queer affirmations: negotiating the possibilities and limits of sexual citizenship in St Lucia
Amar Wahab  
5. Violence and LGBT human rights in Guyana
Pere DeRoy with Namela Henry  
6. Cultural discourse in Africa and the promise of human rights based on non-normative sexuality and/or gender expression: exploring the intersections, challenges and opportunities
Monica Mbaru, Monica Tabengwa and Kim Vance
7. Haven or precarity: the mental health of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in Canada
Nick J. Mulé and Kathleen Gamble    
8. The rise of SOGI: human rights for LGBT people at the United Nations
Kim Vance, Nick J. Mulé, Maryam Khan and Cameron McKenzie    
9. Resistance to criminalisation and social movement organizing to advance LGBT rights in Belize
Caleb Orozco
10. The multifaceted struggle against the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda
Adrian Jjuuko and Fridah Mutesi  
11. Emergent momentum for equality: LGBT visibility and organising in Kenya
Jane Wothaya Thirikwa
12. Kuchu resilience and resistance in Uganda: a history
Richard Lusimbo and Austin Bryan
13. Gender theatre: the politics of exclusion and belonging in Kenya
Guillit Amakobe, Kat Dearham and Po Likimani
14. Telling our stories: envisioning participatory documentary
Nancy Nicol
Appendix: Envisioning Documentary Films