More than ever before, queer sexuality is a central issue in American politics and a subject of national debate. LGBT communities are more visible than ever, more vocal, and in some locales more successful in struggles for civil liberties and equal rights. At the same time, efforts to ban same-sex marriage make headway, sexual hate crimes grow more
savage and many liberals retreat from the politics of sexual freedom.
Against this backdrop, both LGBT activists and scholars in queer studies confront new questions about theory, strategy and tactics. What direction should activism take in a country that has become increasingly hostile to queer politics? How do media representations of LGBT communities affect political alignments? How do race, gender and sexuality intersect in queer identities? What can today’s activists learn from queer history?
These issues and more will be explored at the Eigth Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College.
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