Pride in Africa
2SLGBTQ+ people in Africa still face many struggles that are not in the forefront of 2SLGBTQ+ issues in North America. Same-sex couples for instance are only permitted to marry in one independent country in the continent, South Africa. Stories of imprisonment, denied entry, and media censorship have all come out of Africa within the past year. That being said, there is no shortage of people who are advocating for and progressing the cause of 2SLGBTQ+ rights.
For instance, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, a gay Muslim Imam from Algeria, has been advocating for inclusive views within Islam. He opened the first inclusive mosque in Europe and was one of the first gay men married in Africa. Last year, Pamela Adie, a Nigerian filmmaker, released Ìfé, a film about lesbian relationships in Nigeria and the struggles they face. Although the film was met with much criticism from the national film board, the NFVCB, Adie did go on to release the movie online and at overseas film festivals. Adie continues to speak out against 2SLGBTQ+ oppression in Africa and elsewhere.
Some great 2SLGBTQ+ books by African authors that you can find at the uOttawa library are listed below; give some of them a read to discover the stories of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Africa!
- Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
- Queer Africa : new and collected fiction by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Out in Africa: LGBT Organizing in Namibia and South Africa by Ashley Currier
- Love Falls On Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives by Robbie Corey-Boulet