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.

Analysis of Communication in Contests over Variant Sexuality

Analysis of communication in contests over variant sexuality

The discourses produced by progay and antigay advocates can be analyzed from many perspectives. While there is no sovereign program for structuring information about public debate on variant sexuality or drawing conclusions about it, we propose to employ a methodological sequence which will provide insights into mutual influence created by confrontation over homosexuality. Public policy discourse on variant sexuality can be analyzed from three related perspectives: (a) languaging strategies, (b) collective action, and (c) complex processes of interactional adjustment within an issue culture.

Language is marshaled into public policy struggle in many different forms. Advocates seek dominance for their lexicon, striving to naturalize their worldviews. They build arguments through language, employ ...

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