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Beyond Limits: Afrofuturism and Diversity in African American Literature

African American literature has played a pivotal role in giving voice to historically silenced and marginalised experiences. Pioneering authors such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor depicted the struggles and resilience of the African American community in their works. Their work laid the foundation for future generations of women of colour to tell more comprehensive and inclusive stories about racial identity.
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Queer Coding In 2010s Hits: Invisibility Era

Discrimination and prejudice regarding the LGBT+ community have always existed and still do today. Throughout the years, there have been achievements by pioneers and leaders of the movement. Being gay carries a stigma and is even considered taboo by some. There are many hate crimes and discrimination worldwide. Linguistically, ‘gay’ was considered a dirty word. Some people even wrongly assumed it is a mental or pathological disease.
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Celebrating 22 Years of Glam ...

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical that defies expectations with its raw, honest portrayal of gender identity and self-discovery. Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, it tells the story of a genderqueer East German rock singer named Hedwig Robinson, who becomes the victim of a botched sex-change operation. As a result, she is left with an “angry inch” of flesh and an identity crisis. The play is a celebration of self-discovery, sexuality, and gender identity set ...
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Internalising pinkwashing?

Many people have stated, thought about, and felt the violence of Western narratives and practices surrounding normative LGBTIQ+ rights. Christine M. Klapeer’s chapter “LGBTIQ rights, development aid and queer resistance” in the Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics, edited by Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam, highlights the imperial and colonial dynamics of said discourse. You can see the complex issue summarized in the meme below:     
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Why Wreck and It’s a Sin Are Game Changers

Over the past two years, we’ve had two programs on TV that have got many people talking, as well as changed the game in regard to group representation. I am in fact talking about the BBC Comedy Mystery series, Wreck, and Channel 4 series It’s a Sin. The latter was by legendary writer Russell T Davies.
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Judith Butler and the Deconstruction of Gender

What image comes to mind when we verbalise the concept of gender? Judith Butler (2007) destroys, in her famous work “Gender in Dispute”, the argument that delegitimises dissidence and minorities; referring to sexual practices and constructed identities.  Is the dissolution of binaries so monstrous and terrible? Is it impossible to contemplate?