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Strings AttachedAIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa$
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Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Shroff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265680

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.001.0001

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Transnational Moralities and Invisible Sexual Minorities

Transnational Moralities and Invisible Sexual Minorities

Human Rights Discourse and Religion in Uganda

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Alexandra Müller

British Academy

This chapter seeks to analyse the transnational connections, conservative moral agendas and expressions of contestation that are at play in the current discourse around sexual and reproductive rights of sexual minorities in Uganda. It argues that the invisibility of sexual minorities in the international human rights-based HIV response, combined with the articulation of hegemonic, conservative moralities, has contributed to a moral panic against sexual minorities. Resultantly, the violent state-sponsored backlash against sexual minorities in Uganda can be seen as both a product of and an act of resistance against ‘imported’ knowledge, the hegemony of transnational knowledge production and the invisibility of African theories of homosexuality. The chapter concludes that the vulnerability of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in African countries can only be addressed if the international HIV response makes them visible in the discourses informing strategies and programmes, and challenges their legal and structural marginalisation.

Keywords:   Sexual minorities, LGBT, HIV, human rights, Uganda, homophobia, religion

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