Issue 14.2 | 2017 / Guest edited by Gema Pérez-Sánchez and Brenna Munro

About the Contributors

Cover image : Protesters marching during Pride Parade, Istanbul, Turkey, 30.6.2013, by Shiraz Grinbaum/

Phillip M. Ayoub is Assistant Professor of Politics at Drexel University. He is the author of When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (Cambridge, 2016) and co-editor, with David Paternotte, of LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe (Palgrave, 2014). Please visit for further publications.

Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. Her research and activism focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in Nigeria. Recently, she concluded a book project on the lives of gay Nigerians entitled Blessed Body: Secret Lives of LGBT Nigerians. Her writing awards include the Hellman/Hammett Award; the Urban Spectrum Award for her debut novel, Sky-high Flames; and the Snyder-Aidoo Book Award for her novel, Edible Bones. Her undergraduate degree in English is from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has an MA in English from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Karma R. Chávez is an associate professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas – Austin. She is author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Rafael de la Dehesa is an associate professor of sociology at the City University of New York, where he is affiliated with the Sociology and Anthropology Department at the College of Staten Island and the Sociology Program at the Graduate Center. He is the author of Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil: Sexual Rights Movements in Emerging Democracies and co-editor of Sexuality and Politics: Regional Dialogues from the Global South. His current work focuses on sexual rights activism in relation to healthcare policy in Latin America.

Sokari Ekine is a social justice activist, writer, and photographer from Nigeria. She founded the award-winning blog Black Looks in 2004, and co-edited Queer Africa: A Reader, with Hakima Abbas in 2013.

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for gender research at the University of Oslo, Norway and a member of the independent Forskerkollektivet. She is the author of Queer women in urban China: An ethnography (Routledge 2014), which was awarded the 2014 Ruth Benedict Book Award honorable mention from the Association of Queer Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. Engebretsen co-edited Anthropology’s queer sensibilities, a Sexualities special issue (2017), Queer/tongzhi China: New perspectives on research, activism and media cultures (NIAS Press 2015), and Generations of feminist activism in China (forthcoming). Engebretsen is currently working on a manuscript on the modern history of pride politics, queer public visibility and activism in Norway.

Shiraz Grinbaum is a photographer and photo-editor with the Activestills Collective since 2012. She is the co-editor of the book Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel (Pluto Press, 2016) together with Dr. Vered Maimon.

Deborah B. Gould is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. Her book Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Political Sociology Section, the Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the American Anthropological Association, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. She was involved in ACT UP for many years, and later in Queer to the Left, and was a founding member of Feel Tank Chicago, most famous for its International Parades of the Politically Depressed.

Lindsey Green-Simms is Assistant Professor of Literature at American University, Washington D.C. She is the author of Postcolonial Automobility: Car Culture in West Africa (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and is currently working on a book about queer African cinema. Her articles have appeared in Research on African Literature, Transition, Camera Obscura, and the Journal of African Cinemas.

Hana Masri is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Language at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies the relationship between trash and the rhetorical constitution of the nation-state in a variety of contexts from migration across the U.S.-Mexico border to social movements in the Middle East.

Yera Moreno is a visual artist, researcher and teacher who holds a PhD in Philosophy and Contemporary Art from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Her work is interdisciplinary, using different formats and media, such as photography, video, writing, and performance. From a feminist and critical perspective, her works explore different topics, including the body, identities, gender, sexuality and the performative use of images. Since 2009, she collaborates with the Education Department of CA2M (Art Center Dos de Mayo, Madrid), in the development of different workshops and projects and she is a teacher of Philosophy in High Schools. Since 2007, she has worked with Eva Garrido in an artistic collective, Colektivof. She is a member of Las Lindes, a research and action group focused on education, art, and cultural practices in CA2M. Her work has been published in different academic journals and books.

Brenna Munro is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Miami, and the author of South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come: Queer Sexuality and the Struggle for Freedom (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Her other publications include “Caster Semenya: Gods and Monsters” in Safundi (2010), and “Locating ‘Queer’ in Contemporary Writing of Love and War in Nigeria” in Research in African Literatures (2016).

Gema Pérez-Sánchez is Associate Professor of Spanish at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami where she also teaches for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Miami Institute for the Americas. Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish narrative, film, and popular urban culture; cultural studies; queer theory; and migration and transnational studies. She is the author of the book Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to La Movida (SUNY Press 2007). Her research has appeared in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos; Revista Iberoamericana; Journal of Language and Sexuality; University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Hispamérica; The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Letras Femeninas; Orientaciones; and several essay collections, such as The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature.

R. Lucas Platero holds a PhD in Sociology and Political Science from the National Distance Education University of Spain (UNED), and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He currently serves as a social and community intervention instructor for the Community of Madrid and as director of publications for trans* studies at Bellaterra Publishing House. His current collaborative research focuses on the experiences of trans* people with children. He has participated in international research groups on topics such as “Cruising the 1970s,” “Multiple voices, plural knowledges, and biomedical technologies,” intersectionality, intimate citizenship, and constructions of LGBT political agendas.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in international and domestic journals, and is the author of several books, including Lesbianas: Discursos y representaciones (Melusina, 2008), Intersecciones: Cuerpos y sexualidades en la encrucijada (Bellaterra, 2012); Trans*exualidades: Acompañamientos, factores de salud y recursos educativos (Bellaterra, 2014) and Por un chato de vino: Historias de travestismo y masculinidad femenina (Bellaterra, 2015).

Jasmine Rault is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology and Department of Sociology at University Toronto Mississauga. Rault works on themes of feminist and queer architecture and design, digital cultures and economies, arts and social movements. Rault’s first book is Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (2011). Her work is published in journals such as Feminist Media Studies; Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology; ephemera: theory & politics in organization; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture; and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

Graeme Reid director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, is an expert on LGBT rights. He has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. He is author of two monographs, How to be a Real Gay. Gay Identities in Small-town South Africa, and Above the Skyline: Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the Founding of an African Gay Church. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Reid was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University. An anthropologist by training, Reid received a master’s from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

Ryan Thoreson is a legal anthropologist and human rights activist. He is currently a fellow in the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, where his work focuses on the rights of LGBT youth, particularly in the United States and the Philippines. Ryan is also an adjunct assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches a course on the law and politics of LGBT rights in the United States. Prior to his current positions, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Scott M. Matheson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was a research fellow at OutRight Action International. He is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

Ruth Vanita is Director of Global Humanities & Religions at the University of Montana, former Reader at Delhi University, founder and co-editor (1978-91) of Manushi, India’s first nationwide feminist magazine. She is the author of many books; the latest is Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic).