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After Marriage EqualityThe Future of LGBT Rights$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479883080

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479883080.001.0001

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Canadian LGBT Politics after Marriage

Canadian LGBT Politics after Marriage

(p.261) 10 Canadian LGBT Politics after Marriage
After Marriage Equality

David Rayside

NYU Press

This chapter explains that there is some evidence that LGBT activism in Canada post-marriage equality has declined, especially in the ability of movement groups to mobilize grassroots activism on a large scale. But it cautions that factors other than the attainment of nationwide marriage rights in 2005 likely contributed to the decline. These factors include the difficulty of sustaining volunteer-based groups over long periods of time, the diffuse character of the Canadian LGBT movement, and the increasing proportion of LGBT advocacy taking place in largely-disconnected institutional settings (such as government departments, major political parties, and the courts). It also explains that movement groups, since the attainment of marriage equality, have paid increased attention to other issues such as the need for greater inclusivity for sexual and gender identity minorities in schools. It also finds that sexual minority communities historically on the movement’s margins, such as transgender people and LGBT members of the large diasporic communities in Canada’s major cities, are increasingly finding ways to be heard. Finally, the chapter explains that the post-marriage movement is grappling with competing rights claims on sexual and religious grounds while paying greater attention to the challenges facing sexual minorities in other regions of the world.

Keywords:   LGBT rights, Canada, LGBT advocacy, marriage equality, transgender rights, international LGBT rights

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