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Coming Out of Communism: The Emergence of LGBT Activism in Eastern Europe

Conor O'Dwyer


This book offers a close study of the rapidly evolving politics of LGBT rights in postcommunist Europe, where social attitudes have historically marginalized the issue and where the legacy of weak civil society has handicapped activism in general. What happens in societies such as these when increased exposure to transnational institutions such as the European Union and the minority-rights norms that they promote brings new visibility to LGBT issues? Is activism boosted by the infusion of resources from transnational networks? Or does transnational pressure bring backlash, inflaming antigay at ... More

Keywords: LGBT rights, LGBT activism, postcommunist Europe, European Union, Poland, Czech Republic, civil society, transnational norms, attitudes toward homosexuality, multimethod research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479876631
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Conor O'Dwyer, author
University of Florida