Special Collection: LGBTQ Sexualities in the Middle East & North Africa

Published: December 15, 2014

Erin Kilbride and Dominic Bocci
Original Article:  bit.ly/1vTrMKK

Media coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer (LGBTQ) rights, oppressions, and legal developments in the Middle East and North Africa often fails to move beyond the “G.”

Mirroring coverage of LGBTQ issues in the Western world, blogs, tweets, and media outlets often gloss over the sexual nuances and gendered variance of the individuals and cultures involved. Too many analyses extend no farther than a cursory look at the persecution of “gays” in “Muslim countries.”

This Special Collection seeks to broaden popular, simplistic discourses about sexuality in the MENA region. It includes analyses of lesbian-identified movements in Algeria, trans* legal developments in Lebanon, a closer look at Islamic teachings on homosexuality, and the deployment of homophobic discourse to terrorize and stigmatize anti-government activists and refugees.

With this collection, our editors hope to eschew Western conceptualizations of “LGBTQ” movements, and present sexual and gendered nuances often over looked in coverage of “gay rights” in the MENA.

Full text of article available at link below:  bit.ly/1vTrMKK

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