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Global HomophobiaStates, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037726.001.0001

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Theorizing the Politics of (Homo)Sexualities across Cultures

Theorizing the Politics of (Homo)Sexualities across Cultures

(p.218) 10. Theorizing the Politics of (Homo)Sexualities across Cultures
Global Homophobia

Mark Blasius

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on an event in the history of sexuality, more specifically in the history of sexuality as a political issue. In recent years, vastly diverse movements around the politics of sexuality have embraced the notion of “sexual rights.” This concept developed rapidly especially since the UN Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) and in the wake of the global AIDS pandemic. More recently, rights specific to sexual orientation and gender identity have gained prominence, for instance with a 2011 Human Rights Council resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a report to the UN General Assembly that analyzed in a preliminary way the universal human rights of LGBT persons. Issuance of this report and the resolution that commissioned it together signify a historical event in the politics of sexuality.

Keywords:   sexuality, political issue, sexual rights, Women in Beijing, AIDS pandemic, gender identity, 2011 Human Rights Council, LGBT persons

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