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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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A New Stage for the LGBT Movement

A New Stage for the LGBT Movement

Protecting Gender and Sexual Multiplicities

(p.157) 6 A New Stage for the LGBT Movement
After Marriage Equality

Carlos A. Ball

NYU Press

This chapter argues that the attainment of the marriage equality goal offers the LGBT movement the opportunity to push for reforms that reduce the legal salience of distinct gender and sexual identities. A growing number of Americans, especially young ones, are becoming increasingly comfortable with the idea of fluid and changing notions of gender and sexuality. The chapter contends that the movement should prioritize encouraging the state to adopt laws and policies that recognize and protect gender and sexual fluidity and multiplicities. This objective can be pursued through political and legal campaigns that, for example, seek (1) to promote an understanding of sex and sexual orientation antidiscrimination law that is unmoored from the protection of distinct identities and (2) to remove one of the last gender-based barriers to accessing public spaces by ending gender segregation in bathrooms and similar facilities. The chapter explains that these types of objectives represent reforms that are not grounded in the need to protect individuals based on distinct—and ostensibly fixed and static—gender and sexual identities. Instead, the attainment of these goals would promote the equality rights of all individuals regardless of how (or even whether) they identify, or of how society identifies them, along gender and sexuality continuums.

Keywords:   LGBT movement, sexuality, gender, identity, transgender rights, antidiscrimination law, bathrooms

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