The Gay and Lesbian Community in the North-West of England
samples.indd 1 1/10/07 10:14:40 Peter Lang Mike Homfray Provincial Queens The Gay and Lesbian Community in the North-West of England t What do we mean by ‘the gay community’? What is the state of ‘gay and lesbian politics’ in contemporary Britain? Have ‘communitarian’ ideas provided a framework for change? And what is the view from outside the capital? Recent years have seen both signifi cant legal and social reform benefi ting lesbian and gay people under a government whose communitarian political credo has stressed the importance of ‘community’ and ‘rights and responsibilities’. What effect has this had? What is the infl uence of identity, space and location, politics, and community itself ? On the basis of qualitative research with gay men and lesbians working for change in Liverpool and Manchester, the author examines whether gay and lesbian equality and the idea of ‘the gay community’ can be understood and furthered within a framework of communitarian ideas. Mike Homfray is currently attached to Health and Applied Social Sciences at Liverpool Hope University as an associate lecturer. He has been involved in a number of initiatives relating to gay and lesbian equality including liaison work with local authorities and the police, and previously worked within the voluntary sector. He holds a BA from Lancaster University and gained an MA with Distinction, and a PhD from Liver- pool University. M ike H om fray P ro vin cia l Q u een s Cover samples.indd 1 1/10/07 10:14:40 Provincial Queens...
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