Navigating paradox: Towards a conceptual framework for activism at the intersection of religion and sexuality

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At the intersection of religion and sexuality, this article explores how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people navigate dynamics of inclusion and exclusion within faith-based settings.

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Situated in a postcolonial setting, and with a specific focus on South Africa, the article delineates the oppressive dynamics at work at this intersection, along with how these are resisted through contemporary forms of activism. Grounded in a feminist analysis of relevant literature and of the field of activism in question, and supplemented by interviews with key informants, the research offers a conceptual framework to advance transformative inclusion for LGBTIQ people within, and against, the dominant institutions, discourses and practices of faith.
This journal article, based on research supported by HBF's Keeping the Faith project, was originally published in HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, Vol 76, No 3 and can be downloaded here or found at the original source via