LGBTQ Lobbying in the United States argues that the issues and tactics prioritized by the mainstream gay lobbying community fail to serve LGBTQ interests and are complicit in perpetuating heteronormative power dynamics and institutions that render queer and trans people vulnerable to structural oppression.
The book posits that there are different LGBTQ lobbying communities—a dominant gay mainstream lobbying category, whose work advances heteronormative ideals, and a second category of LGBTQ lobbying that is intersectional and challenges hegemonic heterosexual institutions. Analysis in the book builds on existing public policy literature and is aided by the author's practitioner experience in lobbying for LGBTQ issues in Washington, D.C. over the past 20 years.
This book is suitable as a textbook for students and researchers in LGBTQ studies, U.S. politics, and gender studies. The book will also appeal to activists and professionals in political lobbying.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. LGBTQ Lobbying
Chapter 2. LGBTQ Lobbying Framework
Chapter 3. LGBTQ Lobbying Tactics
Chapter 4. The White House and LGBTQ Lobbying
Chapter 5. The Congress and LGBTQ Lobbying
Chapter 6. Sex and LGBTQ Lobbying
Chapter 7. The Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ Lobbying
Chapter 8. Conclusion: The Future of LGBTQ Lobbying
Christopher L. Pepin-Neff is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on emotional policymaking and LGBTQ politics. He was the first full-time lobbyist for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and founder of Q Street, the LGBTQ lobbying association of Washington, D.C. He lives and works in both Burlington, Vermont, and Sydney, Australia.