Today, gay marriage is the key point of struggle within the moderate wing of the GLBTQ movement. President Obama has unveiled his new position, that he now thinks that gay and lesbian people should be allowed to marry, as well as Maryland, Washington and Florida becoming amongst many more states likely to pass same-sex marriage in the next coming months, has symbolized the changing public attitudes on gay rights and has pointed effectiveness of the grassroots GLBTQ rights movement. Though the GLBTQ movement...has built a powerful anti-homophobia counter culture and won important gains like recognition of Gay Marriage in a number of states, issues like universal health coverage, safe sex education and universal housing that affect the vast majority of the GLBTQ community and were until recently basic stances of the GLBTQ movement, have seemingly been left off the agenda by groups like Human Rights Campaign. Moderate GLBTQ have tried to convince the ‘straights’ and queers alike that marriage, adoption and entrance into religious clergy are the main issues that the GLBTQ movement should and does stand for, leaving out queers of color, street youth, the unemployed and marginally employed and the working class, women, QLBTQ persons living with disabilities, transgendered and gender queer persons.
Brad Ashton, a member of Boston Socialist Alternative and the GLBTQ community will discuss the following questions:
Is there a Gay gene? Even though homosexual behavior has been present throughout human history, why has the ‘gay identity’ only been birthed with the emergence of capitalist mode of production?
What is a sexual liberationist approach to the state and sexual regulation?
Do groups like Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other moderate reform-oriented groups represent a sharp departure from the pre and post Stonewall GLBTQ movement?
How are dynamics of class, gender, race necessarily related to questions sexual relations, intimacy and oppression?
How does capital inform the ways in which transexuality and gender become embodied?
How is the oppression of transgendered and gender-queer persons connected to and shaped by capitalist social relations? How do class divisions play themselves out amongst GLTBTQ people?
What is Sexual Liberation and why should we all fight for it today?