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Gay & Lesbian studies

See below for a selection of the latest books from Gay & Lesbian studies category. Presented with a red border are the Gay & Lesbian studies books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Gay & Lesbian studies books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Queering the Military

Queering the Military

Author: Sarah (University of Exeter, UK) Bulmer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book offers a systematic and detailed analysis of the integration of gay and lesbian personnel into state militaries, and the implications of this for feminist scholarship. Existing research in this area has focussed on the prohibition of sexual minorities in militaries and the likely impacts of their integration, and suggests that this integration should be evaluated in terms of whether it subverts gendered power relations within the institution. This book moves beyond this approach, using queer deconstructive analytical strategies to examine how the military produces gendered subjects. The author argues that the integration of sexual minorities into the military is not inherently subversive of the military gender order but that this does not mean they have been successfully co-opted either. This is because attempts to integrate sexual minorities into the military gender order are unstable and open to contestation. Ultimately the book argues that 'queering' the military gender order in this way reveals the limits of any attempt to order and regulate gender, which opens up radical new ways to think about feminist critique and praxis. Consequently the analysis employed in this book has radical implications for thinking about the resilience of gendered regimes of power, and the possibilities for critique and political intervention; not only in state militaries, but in world politics more generally. This book will appeal to a wide interdisciplinary audience including feminist and critical IR, Critical Military Studies, sociology, political geography, anthropology, queer and feminist theory, and sexuality studies.

Queer Politics

Queer Politics

In a very short time, LGBTQ issues have moved from the margins to the mainstream of American political life. The 1969 Stonewall Riots are commonly considered the start of the modern gay rights movement in the United States and within a few short years the number of gay groups and gay magazines precipitously increased. As gay civil society expanded, homosexuality transformed from a social identity to a political identity. On the basis of that identity, gay and lesbian activists engaged the political system to secure social and political rights in direct competition with religious traditionalism. This book investigates the development and the political implications of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States. Oldmixon, Blackstone, and Watson aim to understand and explain the role of this movement in pluralistic, contemporary political life in the United States. Highlighting the cultural narrative, the book considers how the rights movement emerged and developed historically, at the mass level, and in the context of political institutions. First examining the science of sexuality, the book then discusses the development of an equal rights movement and the public's attitudes on gays and lesbians. LGBTQ voting and representation, policies that involve gay rights, and a comparative perspective are also addressed. The book makes sure to not only examine lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights, but to also include discussion of transgender rights and the broader queer community. Queer Politics is a comprehensive, much-needed text for LGBTQ politics classes. Using the lens of cultural theory, the book examines how exactly such a marginalized group moved from the fringes to the mainstream of American political life.

Queer Politics

Queer Politics

In a very short time, LGBTQ issues have moved from the margins to the mainstream of American political life. The 1969 Stonewall Riots are commonly considered the start of the modern gay rights movement in the United States and within a few short years the number of gay groups and gay magazines precipitously increased. As gay civil society expanded, homosexuality transformed from a social identity to a political identity. On the basis of that identity, gay and lesbian activists engaged the political system to secure social and political rights in direct competition with religious traditionalism. This book investigates the development and the political implications of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States. Oldmixon, Blackstone, and Watson aim to understand and explain the role of this movement in pluralistic, contemporary political life in the United States. Highlighting the cultural narrative, the book considers how the rights movement emerged and developed historically, at the mass level, and in the context of political institutions. First examining the science of sexuality, the book then discusses the development of an equal rights movement and the public's attitudes on gays and lesbians. LGBTQ voting and representation, policies that involve gay rights, and a comparative perspective are also addressed. The book makes sure to not only examine lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights, but to also include discussion of transgender rights and the broader queer community. Queer Politics is a comprehensive, much-needed text for LGBTQ politics classes. Using the lens of cultural theory, the book examines how exactly such a marginalized group moved from the fringes to the mainstream of American political life.

A Queer History of Adolescence

A Queer History of Adolescence

Author: Gabrielle Owen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

A Queer History of Adolescence reveals categories of age-and adolescence, specifically-as an undeniable and essential mechanism in the production of difference itself. Drawing from a dynamic and varied archive, including British and American newspapers, medical papers and pamphlets, and adolescent and children's literature circulating on both sides of the Atlantic, Gabrielle Owen argues that adolescence has a logic, a way of thinking, that emerges over the course of the nineteenth century and that survives in various forms to this day. This logic makes the idea of adolescence possible and naturalizes our historically specific ways of conceptualizing time, development, social hierarchy, and the self. Rich in intersectional analysis, this book offers a multifaceted and historicized theory for categories of age that challenges existing methodologies for studying the people called children and adolescents. Rather than offering critique as an end in and of itself, A Queer History of Adolescence imagines the world-making possibilities that critique enables and, in so doing, shines a necessary light on the question of relationality in the lived world. Owen exposes the profound presence of history in our current moment in order to transform the habits of mind shaping age relations, social hierarchy, and the politics of identity today.

A Queer History of Adolescence

A Queer History of Adolescence

Author: Gabrielle Owen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

A Queer History of Adolescence reveals categories of age-and adolescence, specifically-as an undeniable and essential mechanism in the production of difference itself. Drawing from a dynamic and varied archive, including British and American newspapers, medical papers and pamphlets, and adolescent and children's literature circulating on both sides of the Atlantic, Gabrielle Owen argues that adolescence has a logic, a way of thinking, that emerges over the course of the nineteenth century and that survives in various forms to this day. This logic makes the idea of adolescence possible and naturalizes our historically specific ways of conceptualizing time, development, social hierarchy, and the self. Rich in intersectional analysis, this book offers a multifaceted and historicized theory for categories of age that challenges existing methodologies for studying the people called children and adolescents. Rather than offering critique as an end in and of itself, A Queer History of Adolescence imagines the world-making possibilities that critique enables and, in so doing, shines a necessary light on the question of relationality in the lived world. Owen exposes the profound presence of history in our current moment in order to transform the habits of mind shaping age relations, social hierarchy, and the politics of identity today.

Streetwalking

Streetwalking

Author: Ana-Maurine Lara Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Drag Queens and Beauty Queens

Drag Queens and Beauty Queens

Author: Laurie Greene Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Coming Out to the Streets

Coming Out to the Streets

Author: Brandon Andrew Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/12/2020

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are disproportionately represented in the U.S. youth homelessness population. In Coming Out to the Streets, Brandon Andrew Robinson examines their lives. Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in central Texas, Coming Out to the Streets looks into the LGBTQ youth's lives before they experience homelessness-within their families, schools, and other institutions-and later when they navigate the streets, deal with police, and access shelters and other services. Through this documentation, Brandon Andrew Robinson shows how poverty and racial inequality shape the ways that the LGBTQ youth negotiate their gender and sexuality before and while they are experiencing homelessness. To address LGBTQ youth homelessness, Robinson contends that solutions must move beyond blaming families for rejecting their child. In highlighting the voices of the LGBTQ youth, Robinson calls for queer and trans liberation through systemic change.

Coming Out to the Streets

Coming Out to the Streets

Author: Brandon Andrew Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2020

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are disproportionately represented in the U.S. youth homelessness population. In Coming Out to the Streets, Brandon Andrew Robinson examines their lives. Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in central Texas, Coming Out to the Streets looks into the LGBTQ youth's lives before they experience homelessness-within their families, schools, and other institutions-and later when they navigate the streets, deal with police, and access shelters and other services. Through this documentation, Brandon Andrew Robinson shows how poverty and racial inequality shape the ways that the LGBTQ youth negotiate their gender and sexuality before and while they are experiencing homelessness. To address LGBTQ youth homelessness, Robinson contends that solutions must move beyond blaming families for rejecting their child. In highlighting the voices of the LGBTQ youth, Robinson calls for queer and trans liberation through systemic change.

The 2016 US Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community

The 2016 US Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community

Author: Pamela J. Lannutti Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

In this volume, researchers explore the effects of the 2016 US Presidential Election on the LGBTQ community from a wide variety of disciplines including communication, gender studies, nursing, political science, public health, psychology, cultural analysis, and social work. The research in this volume shows that the election had negative effects on the personal well-being, relationships, and families of LGBTQ people. The research also explains ways in which members of the LGBTQ community reacted to the election with hope, resilience, and positive relational outcomes. Moving topically from a discussion of the election and the LGBTQ community at the system level, the contributors move on to assess the effect of the election at both family level and the individual level as well. Representing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches, this interdisciplinary volume will appeal to students and researchers interested in the 2016 US election, and those interested in the impact of politics on marginalized communities more broadly. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.

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Author: April Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020