McQuaid, Katie. “Violent Continuities: Telling Stories of One Sexual Minority Life in the African Great Lakes Region.” Identities 21, No. 5 (September 3, 2014): 570–85.

  • Category: Literature
  • Source: Academic
  • Subject: Belonging,Asylum/Refugee,Discrimination,Gay,Homophobia,Homosexuality,Law/Legistation,Marginalisation,Refugee Camp,Resettlement,Sex work,Sexual Orientation,Violence
  • Place: Congo, Democratic Republic of the,Uganda
  • Year: 2014
  • File: 1070289X.2014.903845
This article examines the multi-layered continuities of violence experienced, navigated and narrated by those in the Great Lakes region from the perspec- tive of one life. Drawing on the unfolding life stories of Alex, a sexual minority refugee in Uganda, it focuses upon the complex predicament of persecution and marginalisation of the region’s sexual minorities, as they navigate protracted political conflict, displacement and wider intersecting forms and sources of violence. This article aims to draw attention back to the lived realities of violence as they are interpreted and articulated through time and space in situated acts of speaking. An ethnographic life stories approach compels us to consider the agency of those who navigate complex constellations of intersecting and multiple forms of violence woven through the fabric of everyday life, the social topographies within which people navigate and the wider sociocultural, political and legal dimensions within which they live.