Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBT Experiences in the Caribbean
JANUARY 26 – 27, 2017
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA CAMPUS, JAMAICA
This conference aims to build on the success of the symposium Beyond Homophobia: Exploring Identities and Sexualities in Jamaica held at UWI in October 2015, which began an exploration of the ways in which Jamaican sexualities, gender identities and queer practices are expressed and experienced beyond the discourse of violence, and stereotypes, assumptions and limitations presented by heterosexual and binary gender norms. The presentations gave hope for the future of intellectual engagement with LGBT issues in Jamaica, and for the possibility of a more sustained exploration of sexualities, gender identities and expressions in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. The response to the symposium indicated that there is a wealth of untapped knowledge and experience, and that more exploration around these issues is both necessary and possible.