Kuchu Activism, Queer Sex-work and "Lavender Marriages," in Uganda's Virtual LGBT Safe(r) Spaces

Author: 
Bryan, Austin
Place: 
Oxon
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Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2019
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Journal of Eastern African Studies
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Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 13, No.1, 2019, pp. 90-105
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This article builds on Michael Warner's theory of "damaged publicness" to examine virtual queer counterpublics in Uganda. Online spaces have become a viable platform for LGBT Ugandans, locally known as kuchus, to network, organize and gain visibility. Gay "hook-up" apps, like Grindr, Scruff, and online chatrooms such as Planet Romeo provide opportunities for users to express what often cannot be expressed in public. I investigate these virtual LGBT counterpublics ethnographically through fieldwork in Kampala from June 2015 to June 2016. I argue that Uganda's virtual queer spaces, however "private" or "public" are counterpublics, a form of space ownership bringing legitimacy to the being of "deviant" and utilized to meet specific social, cultural and economic needs.

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CITATION: Bryan, Austin. Kuchu Activism, Queer Sex-work and "Lavender Marriages," in Uganda's Virtual LGBT Safe(r) Spaces . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2019. Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 13, No.1, 2019, pp. 90-105 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/kuchu-activism-queer-sex-work-and-lavender-marriages-ugandas-virtual-lgbt-safer-spaces

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