Nyanzi, Stella. “Homosexuality in Uganda: The Paradox of Foreign Influence.” Kampala, Uganda: Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), March 2013.

  • Category: Literature
  • Source: Academic
  • Subject: Discrimination,Gay,Homophobia,Homosexuality,Law/Legistation,Lesbian,LGBTI,Marginalisation,Queer,Religion,Sexual Orientation,Transgender,Transphobia,Violence
  • Place: Uganda
  • Year: 2013
  • File: 14HomosexualityinUganda.pdf
Alienation strategies are central to the religious politics of homosexuality in Uganda. While antigay camps vociferously accuse foreigners for imposing homosexual practices and their normalization in society onto locals, pro-gay camps highlight the continuities between the introduction of homophobia into Uganda through colonial anti-sodomy laws and foreign impetus fomenting the Anti-Homosexuality Bill’s genesis. The age-old polemical debate about the African-ness of homosexuality holds deep currency. Claims that homosexuality is un-African are wielded rampantly as a tactic for othering (see Nyanzi 2013a). Rebuttals based on showing evidence for the existence of same-sex practices in diverse areas of Uganda and Africa during the pre-colonial era, are flung back.