Globalizing homonormativity: Visualizing a worldwide LGBT identity
Hoefer, Nicholas. 2017. Globalizing homonormativity: Visualizing a worldwide LGBT identity -- Lambda Alpha Journal, v.47, p.67-81
Following the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage nationwide, President Obama called the occasion a "victory for America" as many in politics in the press rejoiced in LGBT people's newfound "freedom to love" (Korte 2015). In recent decades the world has come a long way in making progress towards accepting non-heteronormative sexualities, as not only the United States but many other countries before it throughout the world began to recognize gay rights as tolerance grows. Yet what ideological framework has made this possible? How can progress be defined globally in such a diverse world of human sexuality? In this paper, I will presume that the current predominant view of queer sexuality is dominated by homonormative values and explore the ways those values have spread under globalization. Under this framework, I argue that globalized homonormativity conflicts with local forms of sexuality around the world and privileges some ideals over others. This can be seen through the means of gay tourism and activism that has spread throughout the globe.