Massaquoi, Notisha. “Queer Zones: Refugees From Africa and Interactions With Canada’s Borderlands.” Somatosphere, April 12, 2019.
- Category: Literature
- Source: Academic
- Subject: Belonging,Asylum/Refugee,Discrimination,Documentation status,Gender Identity,Law/Legistation,Marginalisation,Queer,Sexual Orientation,Violence
- Place: Africa
- Year: 2019
- File: queer-zones-refugees-from-africa-and-interactions-with-canadas-borderlands.html
The appearance of queer African refugees who present at the Canadian border obliges us to look at human rights agendas that have gained traction in Canada. Specifically, we must pay attention to how these agendas relate to and circulate in queer communities, and how they shape people’s interactions with and experiences of medical and legal practices in various locales. Canada has become a privileged site to produce, organize, and, for some, relinquish homelands so as to find safety for and freedom of sexual expression. In this essay, I look at the intersection of queer African bodies with the Canadian border and discuss ways to attend to these overlaps in order to better understand people’s experiences.