Human, Kenyan and gay: queer women's activism and identity construction in Nairobi

dc.contributor.advisorSylvain, Renee
dc.contributor.authorDearham, Kaitlin
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-24T15:55:07Z
dc.date.available2020-08-24T15:55:07Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an investigation of queer women's activism and the formulation of sexual identity and self-representation in Nairobi, Kenya. Several organizations which serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population are active in Nairobi. These organizations are operating at a local level, while drawing on paradigms developed by transnational queer movements and struggles. To explore the efforts of queer women to gain equality in Kenya, this thesis analyzes the position of queer women in such organizations. Queer women are organizing in both formal and informal contexts in order to gain some measure of security in a homophobic environment, and to debunk the myth that queerness is 'un-African'. This thesis examines the approaches that women are taking towards LGBTI advocacy, and the diversity of sexual and gender identities claimed by women in Nairobi.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/20588
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectqueer womenen_US
dc.subjectactivismen_US
dc.subjectsexual identityen_US
dc.subjectself-representationen_US
dc.subjectNairobien_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.subjectequalityen_US
dc.subjectLGBTI advocacyen_US
dc.subjectdiversityen_US
dc.subjectgender identitiesen_US
dc.titleHuman, Kenyan and gay: queer women's activism and identity construction in Nairobien_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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