Boy-Wives and Female Husbands

Studies of African Homosexualities

Stephen O. Murray & Will Roscoe


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Claims concerning the presence and status of homosexuality in historic African cultures have become central points of contention in debates among contemporary African Americans. Some of those involved in the debate have even asserted that the original languages of Africa contained no words for gay or lesbian, therefore concluding that they did not exist. As the first work of its kind on the subject, Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands answers an urgent need for accurate, well-researched, and balanced work on African sexuality. It offers perspectives from the fields of anthropology and history, along with extensive evidence from ethnographic and literary sources.


The myth that homosexuality in Africa is nonexistent, incidental, or the result of Western influence is unequivocally refuted in this though-provoking book. - Library Journal


Stephen O. Murray, is a sociologist, anthropologist, and independent scholar based in San Francisco, California.

Will Roscoe is an American scholar, activist, and author based in San Francisco, California.