Research & Writing

View my current curriculum vitae here.


Peer-reviewed Articles

Bryan, Austin (2018), “Kuchu Activism, Queer Sex-Work, and ‘Lavender Marriages,’ in Uganda’s Virtual LGBT Safe(r) Spaces,” Journal of Eastern African Studies, University of Cambridge Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom (Publics and Counterpublics in Africa Special Issue).

Book Chapters

Bryan, Austin and Lusimbo, Richard (2018), “Kuchu resilience and resistance in Uganda: A history,” in Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope, Nicol, Nancy et. al. (eds.), Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study University of London: London, United Kingdom.

Bryan, Austin (in press), “‘We Don’t Offer Services to Such People’: Reaching Sexual And Gender Minorities in HIV Programming,” in AIDS in Uganda: Past, Present and Future Challenges, Kiwanuka-Tondo, James (ed.), Makerere University Press: Kampala, Uganda.

Bryan, Austin and Kiwanuka-Tondo, James (in press), “The AIDS Information Center: History, Achievements, and Challenges,” in AIDS in Uganda: Past, Present and Future Challenges, Kiwanuka-Tondo, James (ed.), Makerere University Press: Kampala, Uganda.


Bryan, Austin (2018), Even If They Spit At You, Don’t Be Surprised’: Health Care Discrimination for Uganda’s Sexual and Gender MinoritiesSexual Minorities Uganda: Kampala, Uganda.

Bryan, Austin (2016), ‘And That’s How I Survived Being Killed’: Testimonies of Human Rights Abuses from Uganda’s Sexual and Gender Minorities,” Sexual Minorities Uganda: Kampala, Uganda.

Bryan, Austin (in preparation), In Fear of Arrest, In Fear of Deportation: Uganda’s Kuchus Seeking Asylum, Sexual Minorities Uganda: Kampala, Uganda.

Working Papers

Bryan, Austin (in preparation), “Queering Ugandan Popular Culture(s): Luganda Pop and ‘Un-African’ Sexualities,” in Levering Expectations: Young People and Popular Culture in Africa, Bruijn, Esther and Ugor, Paul (eds.), under contract at Indiana University Press.

Bryan, Austin (in preparation), “Anti-Blackness on ‘Men Seeking Men’ Pages: Sexual Racism and Exoticzing the Black Body,” in Undressing Sexual Taboo in the Liberal Arts, Walker, Beth and Weinberg, Joe (eds.), under contract at Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Conference Presentations

“The Politicization of Homosexuality in Uganda: Scapegoating Sexual and Gender Minorities” (with Richard Lusimbo), at the World Out Games, Global Conference on Human Rights, Miami, Florida, May 2017.

“Kuchu Activism, Queer Sex-Work, and ‘Lavender Marriages,’ in Uganda’s Virtual LGBT Safe Spaces,” at Digital Publics and Counterpublics/African Studies Association-UK Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, September, 2016.

“Compulsory Passing: Transgender Identities, Masculinity, and Performativity in Kampala, Uganda,” at Feminisms Here & Now, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 2016.

Solo and Group Exhibitions

“I am Other” (with Keith King), Kulturzentrum Sub Zentrum in Munich, Germany, 2016.

“The Lightest Shade of Aflatoon” (with Keith King), Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany, 2017.

Selected Opinion-Editorials

Uganda’s ‘Pornography Control Committee’ to Get Away With Tracking LGBT People,” Sexual Minorities Uganda, August 28 2017.

Simon Lokodo: Reread the Ugandan Constitution, Pride is not illegal,” Sexual Minorities Uganda, August 17, 2017.

Persistent Resilience: The Ugandan LGBTI Community’s Fight for Non-Discriminatory Healthcare,” Citizen Rights Watch, Citizen’s Voices no. 4, January, 2016.   

On Being A Social Justice Warrior,” Thought Catalog, June 10, 2015.

U.S. recruiting Africa’s doctors for placements no one wants,” Nahmias Cipher Report, June 5, 2015.

Republicans show ignorance on education, again,” Technician, April 13, 2015.

Dear Christians,” Technician, April 8, 2015.

Dear Straight People,” Technician, April 1, 2015.

Little green book: what we have heard and what we want to hear,” Technician, March 25, 2015.

The bigotry in choosing not to date a certain race,” Technician, March 4, 2015.

Men, stop dominating classroom discussion,” Technician, Jan. 28, 2015.

Ongoing Projects

Queer Collective (with Keith King), documenting through photography the diversity of Uganda’s transgender community.