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Politics, Homophobia, and the Socio-Legal Evolution of LGBTQ+ Communities in Northern Ireland

Duggan, Marian (2023) Politics, Homophobia, and the Socio-Legal Evolution of LGBTQ+ Communities in Northern Ireland. In: O'Cathain, M. and McAtackney, Laura, eds. The Routledge Handbook of the Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-1-03-212400-1. E-ISBN 978-1-00-322437-2. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:97457)

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Northern Ireland is known for its turbulent history of identity and equality, but this is usually in relation to ethno-political divisions. Less well-known is the fascinating story about how the struggle for sexual minority autonomy is interwoven with the political turbulence over the past century. Northern Ireland’s unique socio-legal structure has provided vital opportunities for securing sexual minority rights and equalities via the British government. This is important given the sustained level of political and legal opposition to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) citizenship demonstrated by some prominent Northern Ireland ministers. This chapter’s exploration of several culturally specific obstacles impeding LGBTQ+ equality in recent years highlights the strategic weaponizing of homophobia in Northern Ireland. The chapter explores what the future might hold for members of LGBTQ+ communities by offering a critical reflection on the development of sexual minority rights and citizenship in Northern Ireland to date.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Northern Ireland; Homophobia; Citizenship; LGBTQ; Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ21 Sexual behavior and attitudes
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Marian Duggan
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2022 12:09 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 15:22 UTC
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