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The European Union and Beyond

The Polarization of LGBTIQ* Issues in the Post-Socialist Region and Beyond?

Europe (Central and Eastern)
 
Civil Society
 
Democracy
 
Gender
 
Identity
 
Comparative Perspective
 
Panel Number
P094
Panel Chair
Tina Olteanu
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Panel Discussant
Jutta Hergenhan
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Time
10/06/2017 12:45 - 14:30
Location
Building: Anthropole Floor: 5 Room: 5060
Abstract
The way societies deal with sexual minorities is seen by some as a litmus test for openness and pluralism in Post socialist Europe (e.g. Kon 1993). On the one hand, rights of sexual minorities are discussed within the frame of universal human rights that need to be protected by “modern” democracies; on the other hand they are seen as degeneration of cultural, religious and traditional values. These different perspectives are the dividing line between growing acceptance and more legal rights versus discrimination and (state-sanctioned) homophobia.

This panel tackles these diverging developments within European societies. With different time-spans and success, LGBTIQ* organizations and social movements have managed to influence, design and implement public policies on anti-discrimination issues. They change and challenge cultural norms and social institutions (family, marriage, work), build communities and self-help networks, as well as politically and legally mobilize for the rights and needs of the sexual minority communities across Europe. At the same time, antipluralist and homophobic movements and parties are on the rise. We reframe the research perspective, taking the Post-socialist countries as a “trendsetter” for Western Europe. We argue that an adequate reflection of the status quo of LGBTIQ* needs to look at homonationalisms, homophobia and equal rights from a comparative European perspective.

Paper List


Title Details
Does Pride Still Matter? Analysing the Domestic Consequences of International Politics that Created the Belgrade ‘Ghost’ Pride View Paper Details
Homonationalism in Austria and Germany View Paper Details
ProHomo against Russia: How Media Depicts Anti-Queer Violence ‘Elsewhere’ to Legitimize Western Hegemony View Paper Details
The LGBTIQ* Rights and the Czech Politics – 'Salami' Progress and Political Disregard View Paper Details
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