Sounding a Queer Rebellion: LGBTI Musical Resistances in Latin America

In Latin America and the Caribbean four LGBTI people were murdered every day between 2014 and 2019 (SinViolencia LGBTI 2019). This statistic exemplifies the violent backlash to recent gains in LGBTI rights in the region. Misinformed anti-rights campaigns attacking a perceived ‘gay agenda’ have helped socially conservative Evangelical and Pentecostal-backed governments to power, cementing LGBTI marginalisation.

Drawing on ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology of religion, clinical and social psychology, law, social health, and performance-based activism, this project aims to develop responses to violence with LGBTI musicians in Latin American countries. The project seeks to benefit LGBTI individuals and society by visibilising violence, shaping policies, and strengthening voices of repressed communities so they can resist on their own terms.

LGBTI youth protest against violence and discrimination with music. Compositions, audio-visual
creations, protest music at demonstrations, and therapeutic LGBTI music events serve to represent, visibilise and build communities. Music spaces become communities of psychological healing where subversive voices find themselves and the power to face a violent society.

This network of scholars, practitioners and activists, predominately identifying as LGBTI, will benefit society by uniting established, but isolated, actors and stakeholders multiplying the impact of existing efforts to co-produce knowledge through dialogue, ARTivism and music making (via workshops and seminars in Bogota and Lima); collaborate in the design and facilitation of cultural interventions replicable across the region; and provide a virtual space to host a repository of Latin American LGBTI musicians to strengthen their networks, share information on mental health and increase possibilities of work.

  • Keele Academic Lead: Dr Fiorella Montero-Diaz
  • Methods used: Music making, sonic street interventions, performance based ARTivism. Also workshops and talks designed to enable the co-production of knowledge by academics, artists, artivists, LGBTI music collectives, LGBTI organisations and LGBTI activists.
  • Partners: Dr Luis Gabriel Mesa Martinez (Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá - Colombia); the project brings together a network of 13 scholars and artists from Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, from diverse fields to explore the topic of LGBTI musical resistances in Latin America.

Introduction to the project by our principal investigators

English version

Presentación de nuestros investigadores líderes

versión en español para Pesquisa Javeriana