Individuals from Ireland, Tanzania, London, Fiji, South Africa, and other parts of the world joined “How Globalisation Is Transforming the Fight for LGBT+ Rights.” The event, part of the “Amplify Black Queer Voices” series from Black Gay Blog, was hosted by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (Kaleidoscope Trust) with panellists Steve Letsike (Access Chapter 2), Lady Miki Charlamagne (Haus Of Khameleon), and Kenita Placide (ECADE). After introducing themselves, the discussion ensued, touching topics from the effects of globalisation, anti-LGBT+ legislation, and the need for global solidarity.
Impact of Globalisation
Globalisation itself can be difficult to define due to complexity. Generally, it’s the process of the world becoming more interconnected as a result of increased trade and cultural exchange. While globalisation may be inevitable, some aspects of it, such as culture, have not advanced as quickly. Many individuals in the Global South don’t experience the same equality and equity as their Global North counterparts.
Illustrating this is the recent passing of Uganda’s Sexual Offenses Bill, criminalizing consensual sex between adults. Over the past three months, individuals such as Bonang Gaelae, Nonhlanhla Kunene, Sphamandla Khoza, and Nathaniel Spokgoane Mbele have all been victims of brutal hate crimes. Thirty-one of 54 countries in Africa criminalise homosexual acts.
Lady Miki spoke about the rippling effects of religion and homosexuality pertaining to the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC). Adding to the topics of discussion included decolonization of feminism. The book “A Decolonial Feminism” by Françoise Vergès speaks to the ideas Lady Miki discussed, like appeasing heteronormative ideology and what feminism means for black women.
What does global solidarity look like to you? The question was presented to participants. One attendee, activist Portia C. Allen, spoke about Nigeria’s present economic contexts, South Africa and Uganda being considerable. This creates occasions to effectively coordinate around the fact that, in all mentioned countries, more people do not have salaried or well-paying jobs. Thus, economic justice can lead to job creation, giving favourable results for most countries.
“Solidarity can also come from creating pre-mandates that are established based on the actual need of the community,” Steve Letsike mentioned. International organizations should provide the required tools needed for growth and sustainability beyond possible funding. Additionally, organizations should utilize the expertise of community individuals, such as speakers and activist. Organizations can’t accurately speak to representation when they leave out the very individuals who do the groundwork to organize and mobile communities.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 17th designates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In 2004, it brought awareness to the violence and discrimination continuously faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. “31 of the 54 countries in Africa criminalize same-sex sexual acts”, Letsike noted. The date was chosen to commemorate the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by WHO in 1990. Celebrated in more than 130 countries, you likely can participate in this year’s global theme: “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing.”
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