Queer and radical criticisms of the LGBT movement have existed since the movement's origins. Indeed, within any movement there are tensions between radicalism and liberalism, assimilation and separatism, and the role of professional or hierarchical organizations. Examining three recent publications on the LGBT movement, I argue that within the LGBT movement there is a tension between queer radicalism and professionalism (which is often conflated with homonormativity and assimilation.) As the national LGBT movement grew, it inevitably developed professional, formal organizations. Although a necessity in maintaining movement coherence and focus, professional organizations are also deeply problematic because of how they suppress dissent and radicalism. Professional organizations also incorporate corporate diversity culture, which is often staffed and led by white professionals and targets only visible and fundable identities such as race and gender.
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Book Review| June 01 2010
Diversity, Dissent, and Decision Making: The Challenge to Lgbt Politics
How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay ActivismTina Fetner Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press,
Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist OrganizationsJane Ward Nashville:
Vanderbilt University Press,
The Dividends of Dissent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on WashingtonAmin Ghaziani Chicago:
University of Chicago Press,
GLQ (2010) 16 (3): 465–472.
Amy L. Stone; Diversity, Dissent, and Decision Making: The Challenge to Lgbt Politics. GLQ 1 June 2010; 16 (3): 465–472. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-2009-040
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