Tag: homophobia

‘Internalised homophobia’: The exception or the paradigm?

Shortly after the 11 June anti-LGBT massacre, it became clear that the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, had a gay profile of his own. Commentary poured out associating Mateen with internalised homophobia. What shall we make of that diagnosis? It’s not necessarily wrong. Given our long and complex histories of sexual taboo, psychological explanations for gays aggressing others…

The Five Extraordinary Features of the Sochi Winter Olympics

There is real potential for unexpected events and even bloodshed at the Sochi Winter Olympics.Introduction On 7 February 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympics will commence. It is estimated that these games will cost at least US$51 billion — the most expensive in history — costing Russia more than the $40 billion that China spent on…

Wanted For Love, But Not Here: The Travelling Rights of African LGBT Activists

Wanted for Love

In the Netherlands, the attempt by the “Wanted for Love” campaign to support LGBT activists in Africa renders “Africa” the “homophobic Other” of Dutch homonationalism. One of the dangers of awareness campaigns centred on social media is that they risk being online popularity contests. The [Dutch] national “Wanted For Love” campaign—a collaborative initiative of Hivos…