Namibia's Rainbow Project

Namibia's Rainbow Project

Gay Rights in An African Nation

Book - 2015
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What are the consequences when international actors step in to protect LGBT people from discrimination with programs that treat their sexualities in isolation from the "facts on the ground"? Robert Lorway tells the story of the unexpected effects of The Rainbow Project (TRP), a LGBT rights program for young Namibians begun in response to President Nujoma's notorious hate speeches against homosexuals. Lorway highlights the unintended consequences of this program, many of which ran counter to the goals of local and international policy makers and organizers. He shows how TRP inadvertently diminished civil opportunities at the same time as it sought to empower youth to claim their place in Namibian culture and society. Tracking the fortunes of TRP over several years, Namibia's Rainbow Project poses questions about its effectiveness in the faces of class distinction and growing inequality. It also speaks to ongoing problems for Western sexual minority rights programs in Africa in the midst of political violence, heated debates over anti-discrimination laws, and government-sanctioned anti-homosexual rhetoric.

Publisher: Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780253015204
0253015200
Branch Call Number: 323.3264 L895N 2015
Characteristics: xxi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Gay rights in an African nation

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