- Copyright Page
- About the Editors
- What Makes LGBT Sexualities Political?: Understanding Oppression in Sociological, Historical, and Cultural Context
- Political Economy, Sexuality, and Intimacy
- Early Advocacy for the Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity
- Gender Identity and Transgender Rights in Global Perspective
- Making LGBT Rights into Human Rights
- Global LGBT Politics at Scale: Memory and Rights in Early Twenty-First Century Peru
- Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations: The Development of an International Approach to LGBT Issues
- Queering Scholarship?: LGBT Politics as an Analytical Challenge for Political Science and International Relations
- LGBTQ Politics in Anglo-American Democracies
- Europe and LGBT Rights: A Conflicted Relationship
- Decolonizing Indigenous Sexualities: Between Erasure and Resurgence
- The Expansion of LGBT Rights in Latin America and the Backlash
- Africa and the Contestation of Sexual and Gender Diversity: Imperial and Contemporary Regulation
- LGBT Politics in South Asia: Ground Rules, Underground Movements
- LGBT Rights in the Former Soviet Union: The Evolution of Hypervisibility
- LGBT Rights, Sexual Citizenship, and Blacklighting in the Anglophone Caribbean: What Do Queers Want, What Does Colonialism Need?
- The State of Being LGBT in the Age of Reaction: Post-2011 Visibility and Repression in the Middle East and North Africa
- Global Norms, State Regulations, and Local Activism: Marriage Equality and Same-Sex Partnership, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Rights in Japan and Hong Kong
- The Global HIV/AIDS and LGBT Movements
- Beyond Belief?: The Rapid Expansion of Same-Sex Marriage
- Learning Sexuality and Gender: Issues in Childhood Education Transnationally
- Visibility in Global Queer Politics
- Heretical Falsification and the Challenge of Theorizing LGBT Politics from the South
- Research on Diversity in Sexual Identities: Beyond Binaries
- Debating Imperial Violence and the Production of Sexualities
- Queer Muslim Challenges to the Internationalization of LGBT Rights: Decolonizing International Relations Methodology through Intersectionality
- Global Sexual Diversity Politics and the Trouble with LGBT Rights
- Academia versus Activism
Abstract and Keywords
LGBT politics in South Asia is rooted in both the history of colonialism and what the author of this chapter calls the “underground movement” of the LGBT South Asian communities themselves. Offering a critique of coming out, the chapter argues that South Asian states carry the burden of colonial violence to this day. Therefore, embracing Western coming out culture for these states is antithetical to the process of decolonization. This chapter moves from a state-centric understanding of LGBT politics to an everyday people–focused conceptualization and practices of LGBT politics and movements that cross geographical, cultural, religious, and political boundaries in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Employing a feminist autoethnographic approach, the chapter argues that public space performances of hijras on the streets, trains, buses, and homes in South Asia are the most authentic, indigenous, decolonial, and antipatriarchal drives in creating space for LGBT communities in the region. This movement troubles gendered and heteronormative public spaces while also claiming the rich history and diversity of gender and sexuality in South Asia.
Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Jefferson University: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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