Meaning, Framing, and Emotion in LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ Politics

The presentations in this session examine how LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ political actors frame and understand the issues they take on. Kristie Bailey uses democratic theory to explore the successes and limits of the rights-based frames emphasized by the Human Rights Campaign in the United States, while Mary Bernstein, Nancy Naples, and Brenna Harvey look at Australia to see […]

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Litigation and LGBTQ Politics

Litigation has played a crucial role in the same-sex marriage debate and other LGBTQ struggles in many societies. These presentations examine the dynamics, possibilities, and aftermath of litigation strategies from a range of angles. Jason Pierceson: “Litigating Transgender and Intersex Rights” (full abstract) Alex Kulick: “Narrative Counter-Mobilization in U.S. Same-Sex Marriage Struggle: Anchors and Influence in Obergefell […]

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Religion, Conflict, and Same-Sex Marriage

Religion is a common theme in conflicts over same-sex marriage. When the state extends its marriage law to same-sex couples, that conflict does not end but instead continues on changed terrain. These four papers consider this dynamic in the United States and South Africa using diverse disciplinary approaches. Susan Gluck Mezey: “After Obergefell: The Conflict Between Religious Freedom […]

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Healthcare, Psychology, and Well-Being

Johnathan Smilges: “The Virtuous Struggler: The Price for Purity in Reparative Therapy” (full abstract) Elizabeth Kukura: “Changing the Culture of Health Care: Applying Lessons from Maternity Care Advocacy to Improve Trans Health Care” (full abstract) Emily Allen Paine: “‘You’re Supposed to be Cared For’: Queer and Trans Experiences of Health Care in the Age of Equality” (full abstract) […]

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Forms of Exclusion in Marriage Law

The presentations in this session each demonstrate the presumptions about marriage relationships that underlie marriage law and marriage litigation in different contexts. Two presentations examine the biases of Canadian marriage law by examining the ways mainstream Canadian LGBT organizations framed marriage during that debate (Nick Mulé), and analyzing a case filed after same-sex marriage became law that upheld […]

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