Visit the Network for LGBT Health Equity to read more from, NAMING AND CLAIMING LEGACY: DAY 2 AT THE CONFERENCE ON LGBTI HEALTH RESEARCH, by Dr. Herukhuti:
Inspired by the stories of the presenters and having the value of knowing my history, ancestors, and genealogies reaffirmed for me in the absences present in several of the presentations, I want to create space in this article to name those people of African descent who have contributed to my understanding of sexual health and justice:
- African people who created the concept of the Divine as a source of love and pleasure in the form of Hetheru and Oshun
- Paschal Beverly Randolph who published his research on sex magic in the mid to late 1800s
- Audre Lorde who articulated a theory of the Erotic
- Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé who has articulated theories of erotophobia and decolonizing, intersectional analysis of sexuality and spirituality
Who are the ancestors, elders and role models that contribute to your genealogy of understanding sexual health and justice?