Centering Intersectional Politics: Queer Migration Activisms ‘After Marriage’

The homonormative and homonationalist framings that drove marriage equality campaigns significantly impacted mainstream LGBTQ immigrant rights activism in the United States, especially as it narrowed the types of issues–and people–that were imagined as deserving and acceptable LGBTQ immigrants. In this session, academics and activists will take part in a roundtable conversation to address the question: […]

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Scholarship After Marriage: New Methods and Invisible Populations in Sexuality and Gender Research

Now that marriage equality has moved over to allow other LGBTQ issues back into the cultural conversation, we can refocus our energies on researching and understanding issues such as the effectiveness of employment non-discrimination policies, how cultural organizations influence which narratives about transgender identities are culturally available, and sexual health awareness and education for older […]

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Queer Bodies in Inter/Transnational Contexts

Queer Bodies in Inter/Transnational Contexts intends to question the rhetorical and mediatic representation both before and after the 2015 US decision on marriage equality. The goal is to investigate the ways in which the language surrounding marriage equality (even before its official legal recognition inside the U.S.) travels and affects rhetoric, media, and law in […]

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Confronting the State: Power, Activism, and the Self

By centering LGBTQ activism and expression, we aim to show how regulatory forces have been deployed by the state in relation to sexuality. We center marriage, racialization, and religion as central tenets to underscore how the state has enforced both a racialized and heteronormative boundary within LGBTQ activism. In interrogating how these boundaries have become […]

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Building Movements: New Forms of Coalition and Solidarity

Each of these presentations explores broad visions of LGBTQ political action that encompass a broad range of issues, from immigration to anti-capitalism and economic justice. Erin Adam: “Queering Rights? Power and Inequality in the Formation of Intersectional Coalitions Around Statewide Rights Episodes” (full abstract) Heather McKee Hurwitz: “‘Pro-Fabulous, Anti-Capitalist’: Strategies for Future Queer Politics Gleaned from […]

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Poly Families, Cultural Representation, and the Law

Stina Soderling: “Next, Plural Marriage?” (full abstract) Lital Pascar: “From Homonormativity to Polynormativity: Online Popular Discourses about Polyamory” (full abstract) David Leitch: “(Re)Imagining Plural Marriage” (full abstract)

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