Coming Out in the Developing World: Overcoming Homophobia in Africa

Thursday, October 6, 2011
6:00 pm

Reception to follow
The New School
66 5th Avenue, Ground Floor
Kellen Auditorium

As the LGBT rights movement has grown in Africa, many governments have strengthened their laws condemning homosexuality. Certain African media, religious, and political figures have denounced homosexuality as a Western import.

How do Western organizations engaging African LGBT issues fit into this perilous context? What are their major accomplishments and what kinds of obstacles do they encounter? How have they prevailed against hostility? What approaches hold the most potential for overcoming homophobia in Africa? Coming Out in the Developing World: Overcoming Homophobia in Africa will bring together panelists from prominent international organizations working on LGBT rights to explore this very important and pressing topic.

Moderated by Travis Ferland, MA Candidate in International Affairs, The New School.

This is the first event in the 2011-2012 Coming Out in the Developing World lecture and discussion series which is dedicated to exploring the various issues that arise for individuals coming out in developing countries. The series is coordinated by the Global Studies Program and aims to highlight the situation of LGBT individuals in developing nations by providing a forum for discussing issues related to identity, activism and coming out. Upcoming fall events will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act and binational relationships in the United States and the Palestinian lesbian and gay rights movement.

Presented by Project Africa and Global Studies at The New School for Public Engagement

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