Lecture by Elias Bongmba (Rice University), “ Gender and LGBTQ Rights in Africa,”

When Oct 11, 2017
Where 108 Chambers Hall, Penn State
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“In this paper, I discuss gender in the LGBTQ debate in African Christianity, focusing in particular on the ways in which women are disproportionately discriminated against and stigmatized. I argue that a more equitable and lasting solution to this discrimination lies within the law. To demonstrate this, I revisit the Sachs decision in which the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that a lesbian couple should not be denied the right to marry. It was this ruling which legalized same sex unions in South Africa in 2013. This paper is rooted in a critique of culture through an analysis of current debates on African Christianity and uses philosophy and case law to illustrate the arguments.”

Dr. Bongmba combines his teaching of African Religions and his research in theology and philosophy of religions working with African philosophical ideas and Continental philosophy.


Elias Bongmba, PSU, Oct 2017


Maha Marouan, PSU, Oct 2017

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