Global Equality? Bringing an International Lens to LGBTQ Activism

at Bates College

Lewiston, ME

As “it gets better” for (some) LGBT people here in the United States, it is getting worse elsewhere in the world.  Beyond the well-publicized outrages in Russia and Uganda, conservatives, nationalists, and religious fundamentalists are creating a backlash against LGBT equality, which they depict as a Western plot.  They are aided both by the American Christian Right’s export of homophobia, and by unwitting Western activists who sometimes play into its hands.  This conversation will provide a landscape of the global struggle for gender and sexual equality, insight into the post-colonial and neo-liberal forces at play, and practical steps to get involved and stay informed.