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Greg Robinson and Robert S. Chang

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810458

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810458.001.0001

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date: 18 June 2019

Gay Is the New White (Gay Is the New Straight)

Gay Is the New White (Gay Is the New Straight)

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(p.264) 10 Gay Is the New White (Gay Is the New Straight)
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Minority Relations
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Devon W. Carbado

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810458.003.0010

This chapter challenges the misappropriation of African American civil rights struggles by white LGBT advocates who present themselves as the victims of discrimination akin to that suffered by blacks, and, in the process, continue to marginalize the experiences of African Americans who are LGBT. Historically, pro-gay rights advocacy has reflected a racial ideology that invokes black civil rights symbols, political victories, and legal reforms, on the one hand, and elides contemporary black disadvantage and social inequality, on the other. The chapter shows how this “gay rights color blindness” deploys African American identity and civil rights history to advance a gay rights agenda in which black LGBT people are nowhere to be found and blackness, more generally, is marked as an identity whose civil rights aspirations have already been fulfilled.

Keywords:   black LGBT people, African American civil rights, white LGBT advocates, black disadvantage, social inequality, gay rights, blackness

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