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Queer life in Africa is also full of joy – remembering the carnival in Mozambique

Queer life in Africa is also full of joy – remembering the carnival in Mozambique

IN late colonial Mozambique, in the city of Lourenço Marques (today’s Maputo), a carnival festival was held almost every year. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the event was more than just a street parade. It also became a space of queer expression and joy. CAIO SIMÕES DE ARAÚJO, Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape As a Brazilian queer scholar based in South Africa, I have been painfully aware that English-speaking contexts tend to be far better represented in queer African studies. I have chosen to focus on countries whose queer politics and history…
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