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The Gay Agenda

Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice


Edited By Gerald Walton

The «gay agenda» is a rhetorical strategy deployed by the religious right and other social conservatives to magnify fear and hostility of queers. Queers are accused, among other things, of strategizing to recruit children into sexually deviant lifestyles; dismantling family and marriage as cornerstones of civilization; and forcing the entertainment industry and court systems to do their bidding. Queers certainly do have an agenda but it is not the one that the religious right claims it is. It is to assert their presence in the public space; claim and name their identities; and strategize for social justice in law, schools, and workplaces. The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice claims and reclaims the language of «agenda» and turns the rhetoric of the religious right on its ear. The contributors provide insightful and sharp commentary on gay agendas for human rights, marriage and family, cultural influences, schooling and education, and politics and law.
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9. “Not Gay as in Happy but Queer as inFuck You”: Examining Queer Activist Spacesof Montreal and Toronto, by Billy Hébert


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“Not Gay as in Happy but Queer as in Fuck You”: Examining Queer Activist Spacesof Montreal and Toronto

Billy Hébert

For many queer theorists and activists, mainstream claims for equality too often materialize into aspirations for assimilation in institutions like marriage and the military (e.g., Spade, 2011; Ryan, 2011, 2010; Sycamore, 2008; Puar, 2007). Related U.S.-based queer critiques question mainstream LG(BT)1 beliefs in the criminal justice system’s protective and reparative role against homophobic and transphobic violence (e.g., Spade, 2011; Stanley & Smith, 2011; Harris, 2006). In Canada, marriage equality was achieved nationally in 2005, and gays and lesbians have been allowed to serve openly in the military, at least in policy, since 1992. Bill C-279, a private member’s bill that successfully passed into Canadian law in 2013, adds gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination to the Canadian Human Rights Act. In the summer of 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to recognize these grounds as identifiable characteristics in the Criminal Code’s section on hate crimes.

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