On the Interplay of State Homophobia and Homoprotectionism
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.
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