Cultures and Colonialism - The struggle for the human rights of LGBTIQ+ in the light of the debate on decolonization

Webtalk: March 26, 5-6 PM

Queer Colonial Experience Impact of colonialism on LGBTIQ+ people
The criminalization of homosexual acts and the imposition of a rigid gender binary are two consequences of colonial history. This is shown in the UN Independent Expert’s report on the impact of colonialism and decolonialization on the continued formation and perpetuation of harmful social mores associated with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
 Guillermo Ricalde from ILGA World summarizes the UN report and discusses major points and recommendations. Karina Theurer, a human rights lawyer, places the topic in the context of German colonial history and explains international law considerations on reparations with respect to Namibia.
Who: Guillermo Ricalde, ILGA World and Karina Theurer, human rights lawyer
Moderator: Sarah Kohrt, Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation
Registration: Please register here before March 22, 4 PM. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered:
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Cultures and Colonialism - The struggle for the human rights of LGBTIQ+ in the light of the debate on decolonization

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New project by the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation in 2024

How does European colonialism continue to affect the lives of queer people in countries that once were colonized? One legacy of missionary and colonial history is the criminalization of homosexual acts and non-binary ways of life. The fight against these criminal statutes is being led by people in the formerly colonized countries. The desire for freedom is coming from these countries themselves. Local movements view decriminalization as an act of decolonialization.

Paradoxically, precisely this advocacy for women’s and LGBTIQ+ human rights is being discredited as “neocolonial”. We ask: Can development cooperation and international work for LGBTIQ+ human rights be decolonial in practice? What should that look like? What effects does missionary history still have on gender roles to this day?

We discuss these issues, present research results, and collect approaches to decolonial international project work with and for LGBTIQ+ people.

“Cultures and Colonialism – The fight for LGBTIQ+ human rights and the debate on decolonialization” is a project by the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation in 2024.

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Project Manager: Sarah Kohrt

LGBTIQ+ Platform for Human Rights, Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation

Would you like invitations to events? Opportunities to join networking sessions and background talks? Or information about LGBTIQ+ projects in general?
Contact: sarah.kohrt(at)

Everyone interested is warmly invited to contact us and all are welcome to contribute.



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