Troubling the waters of a ‘wave of homophobia’: Political economies of anti-queer animus in sub-Saharan Africa

  title={Troubling the waters of a ‘wave of homophobia’: Political economies of anti-queer animus in sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={Ryan Richard Thoreson},
  pages={23 - 42}
During the debate over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill in 2009 and 2010, journalists and activists warned of a ‘wave of homophobia’ in sub-Saharan Africa. In this article, I illustrate how this trope elides critical differences between contemporaneous incidents. I suggest that forms of anti-queer animus instead might be understood as the products of political economies, and use that approach to distinguish the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, the arrest of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven… Expand
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