Sacred Queer Stories
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282 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 b/w photos. Illustrations

Series: Religion in Transforming Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Sacred Queer Stories

Ugandan LGBTQ+ Refugee Lives & the Bible

by Adriaan van Klinken, Johanna Stiebert, Brian Sebyala and Fredrick Hudson

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An invaluable insight into the narrative politics and theologies of LGBTQ+ life-storytelling, a key text for those in African Humanities, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, and Refugee Studies.
Presenting the deeply moving personal life stories of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees in Nairobi, Kenya alongside an analysis of the process in which they creatively engaged with two Bible stories - Daniel in the Lions' Den (Old Testament) and Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery (New Testament) - Sacred Queer Stories explores how readings of biblical stories can reveal their experiences of struggle, their hopes for the future, and their faith in God and humanity. Arguing that the telling of life-stories of marginalised people, such as of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, affirms embodied existence and agency, is socially and politically empowering, and enables human solidarity, the authors also show how the Bible as an authoritative religious text and popular cultural archive in Africa is often used against LGBTQ+ people but can also be reclaimed as a site of meaning, healing, and empowerment. The result of a collaborative project between UK-based academics and a Nairobi-based organisation of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, the book provides a valuable insight into the narrative politics and theologies of LGBTQ+ life-storytelling. A key text for those in African Humanities, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, and Refugee Studies, among others, the book expresses an innovative methodology of inter-reading queer life-stories and biblical stories.
Foreword, by Stella Nyanzi
Introduction
PART I: UGANDAN LGBTQ+ REFUGEE LIFE STORIES
Story 1: It's my nature, this is who I am
Story 2: It's not like heaven here
Story 3: Here we are free to express ourselves without fear
Story 4: I consider this as my new family
Story 5: Personally, I think God is gay
Story 6: Angels don't have a gender
Story 7: God loves me more than they love me
Story 8: I just wanted an opportunity to express myself
Story 9: I was chased away from the garden of heaven
Story 10: First and foremost, I want to be a free person
Story 11: God has a purpose for us all
Story 12: God doesn't make mistakes
PART II: INTER-READING UGANDAN LGBTQ+ LIFE STORIES AND BIBLE STORIES
1. Inter-reading Life Stories and Bible Stories
2. Daniel in the Homophobic Lions' Den
Poem: 'The Company of Men!', by Tom Rogers Muyunga-Mukasa
3. Jesus and the Guys Charged with Indecency
Poem: 'Accused of a Sodomy Act', by Tom Rogers Muyunga-Mukasa
4. Reflection: A Postcolonial and Self-reflexive Reading
Conclusion

ADRIAAN VAN KLINKEN is Professor of Religion and African Studies, University of Leeds and Director of the Leeds University Centre for African Studies and of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. His books include Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism and Arts of Resistance in Africa (Penn State University Press, 2019), Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction (co-authored with Laura Grillo and Hassan Ndzovu; Routledge, 2019) and Transforming Masculinities in African Christianity: Gender Controversies in Times of AIDS (Ashgate, 2013) (Routledge, 2019). He is Co-Chair, African Religions Group, American Academy of Religion, Executive editor of Religion and Gender and a member of the editorial boards of Religion; Reading Religion; African Journal of Gender and Religion and Journal of Africana Religions.

JOHANNA STIEBERT is Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds and Deputy Head of School (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science). She is the author of Rape Myths, the Bible, and #MeToo (Routledge, 2020), First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible: Sex in the Family (Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2016) and co-editor of The Bible, Centres and Margins: Dialogues Between Postcolonial African and British Biblical Scholars (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018). She is on the editorial boards of Journal for Biblical Studies, Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and Oguaa: Journal of Religion and Human Values.

SEBYALA BRIAN is co-founder of The Nature Network, the first LGBTIQ refugee organization in Nairobi. Sebyala is Coordinator, with overall management of the organisation.

FREDRICK HUDSON is co-founder of The Nature Network, the first LGBTIQ refugee organization in Nairobi. Frederick is responsibile for communications and media strategy. He is also a Research assistant on a project headed by the University of Leeds.

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Title Details

282 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 b/w photos. Illustrations

Series: Religion in Transforming Africa

Imprint: James Currey