Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives

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$48.00  $44.64
Publisher
Zed Books
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Pages
336
Dimensions
5.6 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781786997081

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About the Author

Robbie Corey-Boulet has worked for over a decade as a journalist, primarily in West Africa and Southeast Asia. He reported for several years for the West Africa bureau of the Associated Press, and his writing has been published by outlets including The Atlantic, Guernica, World Policy Journal and The Guardian. He has also worked in Liberia as a media trainer for the NGO Journalists for Human Rights. He is currently the senior editor of World Politics Review and is based in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Robbie Corey-Boulet has worked for over a decade as a journalist, primarily in West Africa and Southeast Asia. He reported for several years for the West Africa bureau of the Associated Press, and his writing has been published by outlets including The Atlantic, Guernica, World Policy Journal and The Guardian. He has also worked in Liberia as a media trainer for the NGO Journalists for Human Rights. He is currently the senior editor of World Politics Review and is based in Brooklyn, New

Reviews

"Timely and ambitious .. Love Falls on Us deepens our understanding of these lives beyond just the persecution described in western media ... Corey-Boulet's work elevates the extraordinary ordinariness of L.G.B.T.Q. Africans who are trying to live full, peaceful and free lives in the places they call home." --New York Times

"The author of the memoir Lives of Great Men discusses the skewed coverage of gay life in Africa." --The Nation

"Insightful, well-researched and compelling ... This is an important book for the queer community and activist movement on the continent." --Mail and Guardian

"In a world where LGBT rights are being reversed even in "developed" countries, Corey-Boulet investigates the right way to address LGBT issues in Africa." --Washington Blade

"Love Falls on Us creates an alternative narrative for the queer African experience [and] Ddelves deep into the diversity and the realities of LGBT Africans on the continent through easily relatable narratives utilizing African queer history, personal stories of African gay activists and average people." --Bay Area Reporter

"This book provides a gripping portrait of queer life in West Africa, and an intimate insight into the resilience, courage and creativity of those who are marginalized, not only by societal norms of gender and sexuality, but also by global narratives of LGBT rights." --Adriaan Van Klinken, Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies, University of Leeds

"In Africa, gay rights - like most other human rights - exist in a tenuous state, merely tolerated in the best of times, violently repressed in the worst. But beneath the surface, gay lives go on, and unique forms of gay culture thrive even in hostile environments, as Robbie Corey-Boulet writes in this vivid and important book. Their voices are heard in Loves Falls on Us, loudly and irreverently, revealing surprising truths about Africa - and the people who misjudge it from afar." --Andrew Rice, author of The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget

"Love Falls on Us offers moving accounts of LGBT Africans' lives and loves, while demystifying the complexity of gender and sexual diversity politics on the continent. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in LGBT rights and activism." --Ashley Currier, author of Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa and Out in Africa

"Robbie is a meticulous researcher with an unparalleled knowledge of LGBT rights in Africa, a deep connection with local activists, and an understanding of the complex relationship between well-intended outside human rights groups and the local activist community." --Corinne Dufka, Human Rights Watch, Associate Director, West Africa

"At last, a book with fresh reporting and nuanced insight on the LGBT community in Africa. Corey-Boulet launches the reader into the fight for the rights of queer Africans, with thoughtful attention to the global and local dynamics of activism across cultures. Even better, he gives us more stories of ordinary African lives, animating them with context and charm. This is an important book." --Dayo Olopade, author of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

"/i>'Corey-Boulet offers a rare insight into the lives of queer men and women in three African countries. These moving life stories defy stereotypes of African queer people as passive victims in need of liberation, and show how the geopolitics of LGBTQ rights can inadvertently harm the very people they aim to help. Crafted by a gifted and sensitive writer, Love Falls On Us is a landmark of journalism that illuminates the deep story behind a sensationalistic issue drawing on both long-term investigative journalism and social studies. It will be essential reading for those involved in the global fight to combat homophobia but also to human rights activists, postcolonial scholars, and students of contemporary Africa." --Professor Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

"Explores with nuance and sophistication the paradoxical effects of transnational LGBT rights activism." --Graeme Reid, LGBT Programme Director, Human Rights Watch

"Explores with nuance and sophistication the paradoxical effects of transnational LGBT rights activism." --Graeme Reid, LGBT Programme Director, Human Rights Watch'Robbie is a meticulous researcher with an unparalleled knowledge of LGBT rights in Africa, a deep connection with local activists, and an understanding of the complex relationship between well-intended outside human rights groups and the local activist community.'