Issues such as lesbians and gay men serving openly in the military, same-sex marriage and the inclusion of sexual orientation in anti-discrimination and hate crime laws have evolved along with the rival progay and anitgay communities. As a result of public policy debates, the U. S. progay movement has moved toward an essentialist, non-sexual identity while traditionalists have shifted toward a secular public self-representation. This book analyzes the internal disagreements within the two movements.

Emergence of the Variant Sexuality Issue Culture

Emergence of the variant sexuality issue culture

Public policy debate about homosexuality during the latter part of the 20th century strikingly contrasts with the limited public commentary in immediately preceding decades. Before the mid-20th century, there were indeed discussions about public policy toward homosexuality. Debate, however, was infrequent and one-sided, premised on the assumption that same-sex sex is both a sin and a menace to society. In both Germany and Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, national legislatures deliberated antihomosexual measures, with results uniformly adverse to gay and lesbian people. A few writers constructed arguments to support repeal of laws which criminalized variant sexual conduct, but their work was either suppressed or limited in circulation ...

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