Sacred Queer Stories: Ugandan LGBTQ+ Refugee Lives & the Bible [Hardback]

Adriaan van Klinken(Author); Johanna Stiebert(Author); Sebyala Brian(Author); Fredrick Hudson(Author); Tom Muyunga-Mukasa(Contributor)

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ISBN: 9781847012838 | Published by: James Currey | Series: Religion in Transforming Africa | Volume: 8 | Year of Publication: 2021 | 256p, H9.25 x W6.25, 4 b/w photos.
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Sacred Queer Stories

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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.

Table of Contents

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
Reflection: A Postcolonial and Self-reflexive Reading
Conclusion

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