In Italy It’s Different: Pride as a Space of Political Contention

Authored by: Cesare Di Feliciantonio

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331


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In 2010 Judith Butler declined the Civil Courage Award (Zivil Preis) assigned by the organizers of the 2010 Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, denouncing the commodified character of the initiative and the connivance of the organizers with homonationalist, racist and islamophobic instances (Petzen, 2012). This event appeared to strength the criticisms about the incorporation of LGBT politics – including Pride parades – under the neoliberal agenda celebrating the market values of ‘freedom’, ‘privacy’ and ‘personal responsibility’ (Chasin, 2000; Vaid, 1995). In theoretical terms, Lisa Duggan (2002) has conceptualized these trends as ‘new homonormativity’ or ‘the sexual politics of neoliberalism’, associated by other scholars to the exclusion of racial Others under a homonationalist agenda of citizenship (see Nast, 2002; Puar, 2006).

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