- Copyright Page
- About the Editors
- What Makes LGBT Sexualities Political?: Understanding Oppression in Sociological, Historical, and Cultural Context
- Political Economy, Sexuality, and Intimacy
- Early Advocacy for the Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity
- Gender Identity and Transgender Rights in Global Perspective
- Making LGBT Rights into Human Rights
- Global LGBT Politics at Scale: Memory and Rights in Early Twenty-First Century Peru
- Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations: The Development of an International Approach to LGBT Issues
- Queering Scholarship?: LGBT Politics as an Analytical Challenge for Political Science and International Relations
- LGBTQ Politics in Anglo-American Democracies
- Europe and LGBT Rights: A Conflicted Relationship
- Decolonizing Indigenous Sexualities: Between Erasure and Resurgence
- The Expansion of LGBT Rights in Latin America and the Backlash
- Africa and the Contestation of Sexual and Gender Diversity: Imperial and Contemporary Regulation
- LGBT Politics in South Asia: Ground Rules, Underground Movements
- LGBT Rights in the Former Soviet Union: The Evolution of Hypervisibility
- LGBT Rights, Sexual Citizenship, and Blacklighting in the Anglophone Caribbean: What Do Queers Want, What Does Colonialism Need?
- The State of Being LGBT in the Age of Reaction: Post-2011 Visibility and Repression in the Middle East and North Africa
- Global Norms, State Regulations, and Local Activism: Marriage Equality and Same-Sex Partnership, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Rights in Japan and Hong Kong
- The Global HIV/AIDS and LGBT Movements
- Beyond Belief?: The Rapid Expansion of Same-Sex Marriage
- Learning Sexuality and Gender: Issues in Childhood Education Transnationally
- Visibility in Global Queer Politics
- Heretical Falsification and the Challenge of Theorizing LGBT Politics from the South
- Research on Diversity in Sexual Identities: Beyond Binaries
- Debating Imperial Violence and the Production of Sexualities
- Queer Muslim Challenges to the Internationalization of LGBT Rights: Decolonizing International Relations Methodology through Intersectionality
- Global Sexual Diversity Politics and the Trouble with LGBT Rights
- Academia versus Activism
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter responds to the challenge state homophobia poses to LGBT rights in its invocation of a “gay menace.” It engages the limits of a rights-based discourse in achieving security for sexual and gender minorities under threat: first, as homophobia is marshalled as a tool of statecraft and then as LGBT rights and identities are bound geotemporally by the historically specific context to which they responded. These two efforts demonstrate the need for an approach sensitive to the practical conditions faced within specific political contexts. The chapter’s argument addresses the political incommensurability of LGBT rights in the context of authoritarian and illiberal states and the danger of associating sexual and gender liberation with autocracy. It considers the consequences of a “gay menace” and of “rights”-claiming in response as both are bounded in geotemporal terms, then dislocated from history, culture, and politics as they become modular. Finally, the chapter asks what a global sexual and gender minority politics might look like through claims around capabilities tied to global civil society that foster collective self-actualization instead of “human rights” or “security” tied to authoritarian or fickle states.
Michael J. Bosia, Saint Michael’s College: Colchester, Vermont, USA.
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