Queering Narratives of Modernity
Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq
Momin Rahman - Querying the equation of sexual diversity with modernity: Towards a homocolonialist test
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Querying the equation of sexual diversity with modernity: Towards a homocolonialist test
During 2015 I was lucky enough to be involved in two international conferences on LGBTIQ rights and identities; the Queering Paradigms event in Quito, Ecuador that has produced this volume, and the World Pride Human Rights Conference held in Toronto, Canada in June.1 In the larger scheme of things, these were mini-events, with more press devoted to the World Pride festival in particular, rather than the conference. Perhaps the public perception of conferences are that they are ‘too’ academic (and certainly not fun) but, in fact, both these meetings were a genuine mix of activists, academics and those who fulfil both roles. A consistent theme in my experience, moreover, were the tensions between academic analyses of LGBTIQ politics and activist politics on the ground, focused around the contemporary internationalization of LGBTIQ rights and the reactions to this in non-western and global south countries.2
This chapter is an attempt to chart these tensions because I think that both academics (my people) and activists (those we academics envy for being more heroic than us) are struggling with the consequences and implications of this recent development. Of course, I provide an academic’s viewpoint rather than an activist’s, but I hope to do so in a way that is accessible and because I also want to make the case that we must think more conceptually about the contemporary era of internationalization...
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