LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav by Bojan Bilić

By Bojan Bilić

Europe and the eu Union are unavoidable, if ambiguous, political references within the post-Yugoslav area. This quantity interrogates the types and implications of the more and more powerful symbolic nexus that has built among non-heterosexual sexualities, LGBT activism(s) and Europeanisation(s) in the entire Yugoslav successor states.

Contributors to this ebook convey how the lengthy european accession method disseminates discursive instruments hired in LGBT activist struggles for human rights and equality. This creates a linkage among “Europeanness” and “gay emancipation” which elevates sure different types of homosexual activist engagement and maybe additionally non-heterosexuality, extra regularly, to a degree of democracy, development and modernity. whilst, it relegates practices of intolerance to the LGBT neighborhood to the prestige of non-European primitivist different who's necessarily located within the patriarchal earlier that are meant to be left in the back of.


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Finally, I examine how these processes have gradually worsened the activists relationship with other members of the LGBTQ community and draw attention to the increasingly visible dissent and debate that has arisen due to these changes, arguing that more space needs to be given to contestation and alternative approaches to activism. Professionalisation and NGOs Many LGBT/Queer organisations and activist initiatives have emerged in the past 15 years in Croatia. From the present perspective, the most visible sphere of mainstream LGBTQ activism consists of the five major Zagreb-based NGOs: Iskorak, the Lesbian Group Kontra, LORI, Queer Zagreb, and Zagreb Pride.

Sexual citizenship: Marriage, the market and the military.  145–159). London: Sage. Bevington, D. & Dixon, C. (2005). Movement-relevant theory: Rethinking social movement scholarship and activism. Social Movement Studies, 4, 185–208. Bilić, B. (2011). A concept that is everything and nothing: Why not to study (post-) Yugoslav anti-war and pacifist contention from a civil society perspective. Sociologija, 53, 297–322. Bilić, B. (2012). We were gasping for air: (Post-)Yugoslav anti-war activism and its legacy.

The Division of Labour in the LGBT NGO “Scene” The most important public manifestation of LGBTQ activism in which members from all five major organisations have taken part has been Zagreb Pride. The connection between the Zagreb Pride march and the struggle for legal rights through discourses of human rights has existed since the first Gay Pride in 2002. The authors of the “short guide” or 30 N. Butterfield political platform for the first event in 2002 relied heavily on the discourse of human rights as a strategy for legitimising their claims.

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