New Internationalist

Queer eye for the WSF

Issue 399

‘Sexual rights’ as a concept really captured the imaginations of straight and gay alike.

The many African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists made this one of the largest public gatherings mobilizing for sexual rights in Africa to date. The Q-Spot, a venue set up by the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, was one of the most popular hangouts in the stadium. Numerous workshops, training sessions, debates, film screenings, exhibits and poetry readings were well attended, and there was a real buzz about the place.

‘Sexual rights’ as a concept really captured the imaginations of straight and gay alike. Organizers of a series of events on ‘sexual diversity’ wanted to ‘assert the right to self determination’, and to invite ‘all social movements to make this struggle and this vision of diversity their own.’ They believe that not only is there an affinity among causes and ideas, but that respect for diversity should always be a guiding principle as we search for the political, social and economic alternatives to exclusionary models. If that’s not what the WSF is all about, we don’t know what is!

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