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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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On the Interplay of State Homophobia and Homoprotectionism

(p.246) 11. Conclusion
Global Homophobia

Christine (Cricket) Keating

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explores the interplay between state homophobia and discourses and policies geared toward the protection of sexual minorities—which can be referred to as “homoprotectionism.” Like state homophobia, state homoprotectionism can also be instrumental and purposive, serving to legitimate political authority both on a national and on a transnational scale. Although seemingly opposed, the chapter suggests that these two approaches are closely linked and that political authorities rely on a complex interplay of both approaches in order to mobilize consent, or at least to minimize dissent. It also examines the ways in which activists might maneuver the interplay between state homophobia and state homoprotectionism in struggles for sexual justice.

Keywords:   state homophobia, state homoprotectionism, sexual minorities, transnationalism, activists, sexual justice

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