Immutability Blues

Stories of queer identity in an age of tolerance

Authored by: Suzanna Danuta Walters

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717

10.4324/9781315768199.ch22

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Abstract

Let’s begin with the obvious: it is indeed difficult for those of us who came of age in a world of presumed and unremarked homophobia to imagine the world we live in now. 1 The changes have been well-documented: in the media world where Orange is the New Black reigns and queers increasingly pop up in everyday dramas and award-winning comedies; in the political world where more gays and lesbians than ever are in local and national office and anti-discrimination laws are de rigueur for the Fortune 500 and (some) municipalities; in our intimate world where earnest heterosexuals declare their support for gay rights and their fondness for their gay friends, neighbors, family members. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has been repealed and marriage equality seems to have won the day, prompting more than one blogger to note that ‘supporting gay marriage is fashionable.’ 2

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