De-Moralizing Gay Rights

Chapter

Abstract

In this introductory chapter, I synopsize the argument of the book. In so doing, I begin by pointing out that this book is intended as a polemic. I then delineate the argument in what follows. This book critically interrogates three sets of distortions in twenty-first century public discourse on LGBT+ rights in the United States. The first relates to the critique of pinkwashing, often advanced by scholars who claim to be proponents of a radical politics. I suggest that this critique sometimes suffers from analytical overreach. The second concerns a recent US Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), a judgment that established marriage equality across the 50 states. I argue that this judgment mobilizes the Court’s own endorsement of two elements of homonormativity: amatonormativity and repronormativity. Instead of endorsing homonormativity, the Court should have instead employed an approach based on decisional minimalism. The third distortion occurs in Kenji Yoshino’s theorization of the concept of gay covering. Yoshino’s calls to dismantle cultural demands for gay covering turn out, I argue, to constitute an oppressive command to “gay-flaunt.”

Keywords

Amatonormativity Covering Homonormativity Repronormativity Marriage equality Pinkwashing Queer theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wagner CollegeStaten IslandUSA

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