Sexuality Politics, Lawfare and Violence: Global Contestations

Date/Time: 26 August 2022, 11:30-12:30
Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom

The celebration of the 50-year anniversary for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway was marred by violence when on the eve of Oslo Pride two people were killed and many wounded in a shooting near a well-known gay bar. That this happened in a country frequently named as one of the world’s most LGBTIQ+ friendly and least violent, underscores that violence against queer people is a global problem. While statistics are patchy, existing evidence shows a clear pattern of widespread, brutal violence, often committed with impunity. This roundtable discusses the relationships between increasing queer visibility, politicisation of queer rights, and violence.

Participants: Ana Côrtes (LawTransform / University of Coimbra), Juliana Jaramillo (Los Andes University), Hamada M. (Sudanese Activist – Shades of Ebony), Lívia Buzolin (Getulio Vargas Foundation, tbc*), Vikram Kolmannskog (Norwegian Gestalt Institute, participates digitally)
Moderator: Adrian Jjuuko (Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda – HRAPF)

This roundtable is part of the LawTransform project “Political Determinants of Sexual & Reproductive Health” (RNC/Globvac). It is also part of the LawTransform Queer Lawfare seminar series sponsored by Fritt Ord.