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Provincial Queens

The Gay and Lesbian Community in the North-West of England

Mike Homfray

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 significant legal and social reform benefiting 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 influence 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.

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Age of consent 52, 109, 116, 119, 129, 142, 151, 240 Altman, D. 50 Anderson, B. 169 Armed Forces 119–22 Armistead Project 91, 158 Armstrong, E. 138 Bauman, Z. 169 Bech, H. 34, 74 Bellah, R. 165 Binnie, J. 76 Bolton 105 Bronski, M. 236 Burke, M. 38 Califia, P. 236 Campbell, B. 88, 105 Cant, B. 24, 95 Carabine, J. 10, 135 CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) 36, 40, 88, 173–4, 182 Civil partnerships 122–5 Coming out 38–44 Communitarianism 166–73, 176, 215, 220, Ch.6 Community of interest 9, 190–1 Community Ch.5 Conflict in gay community 206–15 Conservative Party 117, 125, 128–9 Cooper, D. 10, 35, 88, 174 Crow, G. 224 Davies, D. and Neal, C. 28, 62, 195 Disability 57–60 Driver, C. and Martell, L. 226, 229 Durkheim, E. 165–7, 224, 239, 247 Early experience 27–32 Engel, M. 134 Epstein, D. 32, 112 Equality Alliance 136 Esterberg, K. 44 Ethnicity/‘race’ 50, 52–7, 85, 193–4 Etzioni, A. 163, 165–7, 228, 231 Family 32, 95, 99, 114, 122-123, 172, 179, 184, 217–18, 224–5, 229, 231, 243 Field, N. 108, 235 Fraser, E. 172 Friend Merseyside 73, 158, 212–13 Gatter, P. 61 Gay and lesbian community Ch.5 Gay and lesbian space Ch.3 Gender 48, 59, 64, 74, 181, 188, 191–2 Giddens, A. 225–6 Green, S. 77, 192 Hate crime/‘safety’ 77–82, 93, 96–102, 169, 207, 222, 230 Health agenda 110,...

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