Queer African Reader

"The Queer African Reader breaks away from the homogenisation of Africa as the homophobic continent to highlight the complexities of LGBTIQ lives and experiences . . . What we unearthed through this process, and at the root of queer resistance in Africa, is a carrying forward of the struggle for African liberation and self-determination from the body to the collective."

Sokari Ekine & Hakima Abbas, Introduction, Queer African Reader

Edited by Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas, this collection of writings centers queer African subjects while putting pressure on how discourses on and representations of queerness and Africanity circulate. Bringing together various writers, artists, activists, and scholars, this collection of work highlights the various concerns and perspectives of queer subjects and communities within the African continent. Most importantly, the writings included in this collection demonstrate how queerness as a social category and way of being travels once it has been unmoored from White Western bodies and locales. The writers included within this collection present how politics are inseparable from the geographic location within which they are lived.

Rather presenting queerness as a universal category, these writers demonstrate how race, class, gender identity, and nationality coalesce to position some social subjects in tense relationship with others. Bringing a global analysis to discussions of queerness, this collection of essays opens up queerness to the generative and unsettling positionalities of African citizens. Breaking away from both the homogenization of queerness and depictions of Africa and its peoples, this collection surveys various contexts and subject positions. Bringing to bear both a critique of anti-queer violence and imperialism, this collection does necessary work to call readers to interrogate their own assumptions and reckon with the queer African subjects speaking in their full multiplicity. This collection not only presents a new worldview of queer African subjectivity, it also points the way forwards to building a better material world.