Desire Mulla
A TABLE READING, THE PLAY, NO BODIES
Mentor: Dr. Ahalya Satkunaratnam
The phrase homosexuality is “un-African” stands as a relic of Uganda’s history of late colonialism. The Ugandan 2014 Anti-homosexuality Act legitimatized utmost persecution of LGBTQI individuals, a polarization splitting the country into pro-gay or anti-gay camps. Linguist studies reveal that among the Buganda of Uganda, the word “bisiyaga” referring to non-conforming sexualities, held firm in the vocabulary before contact with either the Arabs or the British (Jjuuko, 2013). Hence, understanding gender-based violence in contemporary post-colonial Africa, adheres to the relationship of “cultural infiltration and imperialism” (Essien & Aderinto, 2009). The table reading of the play, NO BODIES, aligns within the grasp of creating stories that are radically evaluating “African” identity, alongside Ugandan identity for a Trans-female teenager born and raised in Uganda.
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