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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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11. “Right” and Wrong: LGBTQ and AllyExperiences at a Large, Southern U.S. University, by Joshua C. Collins and Tiffany McElmurry


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“Right” and Wrong: LGBTQ and Ally Experiences at a Large, Southern U.S. University

Joshua C. Collins and Tiffany McElmurry

Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as allies in the geographically and politically southern United States know well the power held by groups from the conservative and religious “right.” Such groups are characterized by strong personal beliefs they perceive as contradictory to a “gay lifestyle” and what many have labeled the “gay agenda.” As the authors of this chapter, we represent perspectives stemming from our experiences as a once-closeted gay man and a straight, married ally, respectively, and as alumni of a large, public, historically conservative, southern university.

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