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Growing Up QueerKids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity$
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Mary Robertson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479879601

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479879601.001.0001

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The New Normal Isn’t Queer

(p.139) Conclusion
Growing Up Queer

Mary Robertson

NYU Press

The book concludes with a discussion of the importance of broad-based coalitional organizing that moves beyond over-simplified identity politics. As society evolves away from binary understandings of sexuality and gender, identities that essentialize those binaries will become less and less useful. Further, by acknowledging that as LGBTQ becomes more normal the boundaries between normal and queer get redrawn, adults who are concerned about the well-being of young people would be wise to pay close attention to how bodies are queered beyond simply sexuality and gender. The conclusion points to the Black Lives Matter and transgender movements as examples of twenty-first-century social justice movements that are responding to the ways the identity-based movements of the late twentieth century often failed to protect their most marginalized members.

Keywords:   coalitional organizing, queer, Black Lives Matter, transgender, identity, social justice movements

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