Now available online: a short review of the recent UK hit film, Pride, which was originally published a few months ago in Red Pepper magazine. I note that, despite some critics' discomfort with Pride's feel-good tone, the filmmakers successfully make a few salient political points. It offers lessons on solidarity-building beyond identity-based justice organising, and an … Continue reading Film Review: “Pride”
I recently co-authored a short article in anticipation of this weekend's Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference for Anthropology News. In it we preview the Conference - now in its 22nd year - and argue why queer language matters, and why queer people themselves must remain at the center of conversations about LGBTQ realities. Read it … Continue reading Queer Language Matters
In March 2014, the vindictive, incendiary Ugandan tabloid "Red Pepper" published the details of 200 people it deemed to be "homosexual," in what appeared to be a gleeful celebration of the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. As a commissioning editor for a long-standing UK leftist magazine also named Red Pepper, I wanted to take the opportunity of … Continue reading Out of the furnace, into the fire? Article on Uganda & LGBT asylum seekers in the UK
Two weeks ago, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni demamded scientific proof that homosexuality is not a genetic trait before signing the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. On Friday, the team of scientists - commissioned by Museveni’s NRM party - published their Scientific Statement on Homosexuality. It concludes: "There is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality.” … Continue reading The Scientific Statement on Homosexuality – A Useful Document?
My latest article: Righteous Crusades? Imperialism, homophobia and the danger of simplification in God Loves Uganda. Published on the multi-lingual, interdisciplinary and generally quite excellent new online journal The Postcolonialist. I wrote this piece in response to the documentary film "God Loves Uganda," but it can also be read as a more general response to the … Continue reading Latest article: On Uganda, homophobia and complex histories
My latest article for Red Pepper, "Married Strife" written in response to the UK government passing the "Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013" back in July. It would have been better published immediately after, but that's the beauty/frustration of print magazine journalism. In many ways, this debate is regarded as old news. Critiques of state-endorsed marriage … Continue reading Article on the UK Marriage (Same-Sex) Act 2013