This contribution examines the instrumentalization of homophobia in Senegal by developing on the concept of political homophobia. Since 2008, non-heterosexuality in Senegal has been the subject of frequent attacks in mass-media, political discourses and religious speeches. An analysis of political and public rhetoric reveals that political homophobia is a modular phenomenon inscribed in broader power dynamics between Senegalese society and the West, religious authorities and political leaders, and between political leaders and their opponents. The instrumentalization of political homophobia by political leaders and religious authorities emerges as a strategy to strengthen their position in a context of crisis.

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African Studies Quarterly: the online journal of African studies

B. Bertolt (Boris), & Massé, L. (2019). Mapping Political Homophobia in Senegal. African Studies Quarterly: the online journal of African studies, 18(4), 21–39. Retrieved from