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1st Edition

Queer Activism After Marriage Equality

ISBN 9781138557505
Published May 17, 2018 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Section 1: Examining the Mainstream LGBT Movement

Chapter 1: LGBTQ Politics After Marriage: A panel discussion with Gabriel Foster, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Robyn Ochs, Steven Thrasher, Urvashi Vaid, and Hari Ziyad

Chapter 2: Ga(y)tekeeping Identity, Citizenship & Claims to Justice: Freedom to Serve’, ‘Freedom to Marry’, and the U.S. Thirst for Good Gay Subjects

by Chriss V. Sneed

Chapter 3: What’s Love Got to do With It: Queer Politics and the "Love Pivot"

by Myrl Beam

Section 2: New Social Movements

Chapter 4: A New Queer Liberation Movement: The Targets of Influence, Mobilization, and Benefits of a New Social Movement

by Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis

Chapter 5: "This is the Freedom Ride We Are Taking": An Interview with the Audre Lorde Project’s Cara Page

by Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis

Chapter 6: "Building the World That We Want to Live In": An Interview with Jennicet Gutierrez & Jorge Gutierrez from Familia: TQLM

by Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis

Chapter 7: Putting the T back in LGBTQ? Trans Activism and Interests After Marriage Equality

by Courtenay W. Daum

Chapter 8: Centering Intersectional Politics: Queer Migration Activisms ‘After Marriage’

by Siobhán McGuirk, Jara M. Carrington, Claudia Cojocaru, Jamila Hammami, Marzena Zukowska

Section 3: Transnational Perspectives

Chapter 9: After Marriage, Redefining Freedom in the Crosshairs of Empire and Dictatorship: Observations towards a new politics of sexuality

by Raha Iranian Feminist Collective

Chapter 10: Between Secularism and Pro-Islamism: A Historical Review of LGBT Activism During the Pro-Islam JDP Rule in Turkey

by Caner Hazar

Chapter 11: French LGBT Activism After Marriage

by Hugo Bouvard

Chapter 12: Queering the Indignadxs Movement in Spain: Conflicts, resistances and collective learnings

by Gracia Trujillo



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Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis is the founder and former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice, and worked as an activist for over two decades. He is currently Assistant Professor of Social Work at Seattle University, U.S.A., and has written about queer social movements, poverty, and marriage politics.

Michael W. Yarbrough is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose work explores the intersection of law, culture, and family. He is Assistant Professor of Law and Society in the Political Science Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), U.S.A., and a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Angela Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, SUNY, U.S.A. Her research interests include African American political thought and protest, gender, and sexuality. Jones is the author of four books and numerous scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals.


"Queer Activism After Marriage Equality delivers an urgent, necessary and galvanizing message: To build the vital intersectional social justice movement we need now, we must move beyond the limits of mainstream LGBT politics and build on our grass roots organizations, our queer of color leadership, and our focus on economic justice. The smart, provocative essays in this book are required reading for our current political emergency."

Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA

"Unlike any collection I have seen, Queer Activism After Marriage Equality offers at once an excellent primer for students new to critiques of the gay marriage movement and an illuminating reader for activists and scholars immersed in those debates. This volume importantly captures the creativity and vitality of radical social movements that have operated in the shadows of corporate-sponsored organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign."

Hiram Perez, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College, USA and author of A Taste for Brown Bodies