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date: 13 November 2019

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This introduction outlines the types of phenomena and forms of analysis covered in the contributions to The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Politics. Pivoting from the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, it addresses current LGBT politics, from the adoption of marriage equality in Taiwan to innovative restrictive laws in Russia, from retrenchment over the rights of gender minorities in the United States to the moves toward decriminalization in Tunisia. The analysis provokes the reader to think of global sexual diversity politics as complex patterns of change without regard to notions of progress or social evolution in positive terms. In discussing the handbook, the introduction explores issues involved in developing a work with real global reach, including issues of equality and inclusion, the challenges of working on these topics, as well as the selection of a cover image. Finally, the introduction outlines the organization of the handbook in analytical terms.

Keywords: Stonewall, queer theory, LGBT politics, sexual diversity, gender diversity, inclusion, professional responsibility

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