By Global Studies
Involuntary Activists – Fundamentalism and LGBT Rights in East Africa
Tuesday, November 16 – 6:00PM – Reception to follow
The New School – 66 W. 12th Street @ 6th Avenue – Room 510
In the Fall of 2009, an “Anti-Homosexuality” bill was proposed in the Ugandan legislature. Itself a response to a presentation from American Christian fundamentalists, the bill sparked an international outcry as it threatened lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their family members, with harassment, imprisonment and even death.
“Involuntary Activists: Fundamentalism and LGBT Rights in East Africa” is the second event in the Global Studies year long Coming Out in the Developing World lecture and event series.
With a focus on the experiences of LGBT communities in East Africa, the panel discussion will address the diverse influences, including religious extremism, behind anti-gay legislation throughout the region and the extent to which homosexuality will be an issue in upcoming elections. Panelists will also discuss how the push for such laws has been tempered by increased human rights activism at the local level and the ways in which transnational advocacy organizations and Western activists can best respond. The panel will be preceded by groundbreaking documentary film footage featuring activists involved in the gay and lesbian movement in Uganda.
Speakers include – Reverend Patricia Ackerman, Unitarian Universalist
Church; Jesse Hawkes, Executive Director and Rwanda Program Director,
Global Youth Connect; and Nick Mwaluko, Columbia University. The panel
will be moderated by Dechen Albero, Global Studies Program Coordinator,
The New School. Documentary film footage provided by Malika
Zouhall-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, Directors, “Call Me
Co-sponsored by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies.