Empirical research conducted in the wake of marriage-law reforms is now beginning to emerge. This session collects such research on political identities, expressions, and struggles in LGBTQ people’s daily lives. Two presentations explore the impact of same-sex marriage on critical understandings of marriage and queer identity, while another examines the causes behind the rise of reported anti-LGBT discrimination and violence in several U.S. states after they enacted same-sex relationship recognition. A fourth presentation uses survey data from 2010, at the midst of the same-sex marriage debate in the U.S., to examine the salience of same-sex marriage to black LGBT-identified people in the U.S. Finally, a representative from the Anti-Violence Project speaks about what they are seeing in the wake of marriage equality in New York City. Collectively, these presentations explore the shifting power dynamics of daily life for LGBTQ people after marriage.
Alexander Maine: “Same-Sex Marriage and the Homonormative Legal Identity: Empirical Reflections from the United Kingdom” (full abstract)
Abigail Ocobock: “Suppressing and Softening Critique: The Impact of Legal Marriage on LGBTQ Communities” (full abstract)
Jess Lee: “Black and LGBT: Identity Salience and Perception of Salience of Same-Sex Marriage” (full abstract)
Royal Gene Cravens, III: “Visibility & Inequality: Same-Sex Marriage & Reports of Anti-LGBT Discrimination” (full abstract)
Shelby Chestnut, Anti-Violence Project