Telling Truths About Violence

  • José Fernando Serrano-Amaya
Part of the Global Queer Politics book series (GQP)


This chapter explores how hatreds, bundled into the confusing concept of homophobia, are incorporated into mechanisms of truth telling and memory that are common in political transitions. State-sponsored mechanisms for truth telling and activist memory work have been pivotal for documenting, denouncing and claiming justice for victims. They use narratives that frame what can and cannot be told. Other archives, other forms of truth telling and, most importantly, other forms of understanding justice and social transformation are ignored or rendered invisible with such mechanisms. The chapter argues that the discussion regarding social change and justice in political transitions needs to go beyond legal changes and the granting of rights to individuals and groups defined by “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”


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  • José Fernando Serrano-Amaya
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