Wahab, Amar. “‘Homosexuality/Homophobia Is Un-African’?: Un-Mapping Transnational Discourses in the Context of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill/Act.” Journal of Homosexuality 63, No. 5 (May 3, 2016): 685–718.
- Category: Literature
- Source: Academic
- Subject: Discrimination,Gay,Homophobia,Homosexuality,Law/Legistation,Marginalisation,Queer,Religion,Sexual Orientation,Violence
- Place: Uganda
- Year: 2016
- File: 00918369.2015.1111105
This article un-maps the recent impasse between pro- and anti- gay mobilization around Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA, 2009–2014). Drawing on scholarly and social media sources, it summarizes the increasing influence of (U.S.) transnational evangelism that has precipitated a state-religious com- plex of “anticipatory political homophobia” in Uganda. If transnational evangelism against same-sex sexuality in Uganda has generated a strong reaction from global LGBT human-rights advocates, this article critiques this Western homotransnationalist response by analyzing its limited terms of operation, focusing on the ways in which Uganda is hailed into the biopolitical project of a Western queer modernity. The author focuses on the copresence between homotransnationalist mobilization and “homophobic anticipatory countermobilization” as (re) organizing/suturing a global ordering project that is deeply invested in biopolitics and necropolitics. This suggests that the global flashpointing of Uganda in the context of the AHA incites further questions concerning the transnationality of “gay human rights” discourse under neoliberalism.