Homophobia in Africa

2014-05-10 00:00

GETTING to grips with homophobia in Africa is the subject gaining the attention of academics on the continent.

“Queer in Africa: Confronting the Crisis” is the subject of a symposium that will take place at the University of Cape Town at the end of this month. An invitation is being extended to artists, activists and academics throughout South Africa and they will be joining their counterparts from other African countries including Uganda, Zambia. The initiative is being hosted by UCT’s Institute for Humanities in Africa (Huma) and will take place from May 29 to June 2.

Huma’s Dr Zethu Matebeni said there was a need for the conversation now because over the past few years anti-homosexual hatred and laws have spread across the continent.

“Most vocal in this homophobic crusade have been the presidents of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria, Namibia and the Gambia, while Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ethiopia have expressed interest in adopting anti-homosexual laws.”

The five-day long event will include exhibitions, book launches, poetry readings, film screenings and drama.

May is traditionally observed as Africa month throughout the continent. Admission to the symposium is free to everyone. For more information go to: www.huma.uct.ac.za

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