LGBT Identity and the Displacement of Sexual Liberation

New York City (1969–1986)

Authored by: Mary Bernstein

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914


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A complex debate rages within LGBT communities over the wisdom of pursuing same-sex marriage, with some viewing it as normalizing some family forms at the expense of other family forms, while still others view same-sex marriage as a simple matter of equality or as something that will actually challenge the heteronormativity of marriage as an institution (Bernstein and Taylor 2013). Such debates and divisions over what constitutes appropriate goals of the LGBT movement and the broader meaning attached to movement goals, however, are not new. And, if one looks at these debates historically, it becomes clear that the normalization/transformation dichotomy cannot capture the complexity of these debates. The relationship between cultural and political goals is far more complex.

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