ABSTRACT

Queer Activism After Marriage Equality focuses on the implications of legal same-sex marriage for LGBTQ social movements and organizing. It asks how the agendas, strategies, structures and financing of LGBTQ movement organizations are changing now that same-sex marriage is legal in some countries.

Building on a major conference held in 2016 entitled "After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship," this collection draws from critical and intersectional perspectives to explore the questions and issues facing the next chapter of LGBTQ activism and social movement work. It comprises academic papers, international case studies, edited transcripts of selected conference sessions, and interviews with activists. These take a critical look at the high-profile work of national and state-wide equality organizations, analyzing the costs of winning marriage equality and what that has meant for other LGBTQ activism. In addition to this, the book examines other forms of queer activism that have existed for years in the shadows of the marriage equality movement, as well as new social movements that have developed more recently. Finally, it looks to examples of activism in other countries and considers lessons U.S. activists can learn from them.

By presenting research on these and other trends, this volume helps translate queer critiques advanced during the marriage campaigns into a framework for ongoing critical research in the after-marriage period.

Introduction, Part I: Examining the mainstream LGBT movement, Chapter 1: LGBTQ politics after marriage: a panel discussion with Gabriel Foster, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Robyn Ochs, Steven William Thrasher, Urvashi Vaid, and Hari Ziyad; Chapter 2: Ga(y)tekeeping identity, citizenship and claims to justice: "freedom to serve," "freedom to marry," and the U.S. thirst for good gay subjects; Chapter 3: What’s love got to do with it? Queer politics and the "love pivot" Part II: New Social Movements, Chapter 4: A new queer liberation movement: and its targets of influence, mobilization, and benefits; Chapter 5: "This is the freedom ride we are taking": an interview with the Audre Lorde Project’s Cara Page; Chapter 6: "Building the world that we want to live in": an interview with Jennicet Gutiérrez and Jorge Gutierrez from Familia: TQLM; Chapter 7: Putting the T back in LGBTQ? Trans activism and interests after marriage equality; Chapter 8: Centering intersectional politics: queer migration activisms "after marriage"; Part III: Transnational perspectives, Chapter 9: After marriage, redefining freedom in the crosshairs of empire and dictatorship: observations towards a new politics of sexuality; Chapter 10: Between secularism and pro-Islamism: a historical review of LGBT activism during the pro-Islam JDP rule in Turkey; Chapter 11: French LGBT activism after marriage; Chapter 12: Queering the Indignadxs movement in Spain: conflicts, resistances and collective learnings