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Jan E. Stets and Richard T. Serpe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190873066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190873066.001.0001

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Racial Exclusion and Queer Identity

Racial Exclusion and Queer Identity

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(p.239) 12 Racial Exclusion and Queer Identity
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Identities in Everyday Life
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Shaeleya Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190873066.003.0012

In lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social movement communities, members with varied sexual and gender identities work to pursue shared goals. While gender and sexual marginalization serve as common rallying points for members, intersectionality theory recognizes that each person has multiple, intersecting identities, which influence their experiences of oppression and empowerment (Crenshaw 1989). As a result, it is important to understand how LGBTQ activists navigate multiple identities and investments, while still maintaining group solidarity. Using 53 interviews with non-heterosexuals, I examine how multiple sexual, gender, and racial identities were subsumed within a broader "queer community" group engaged in identity-verification among their peers. Based on the findings, I suggest that inclusive ideologies, when deployed in diverse social movement communities, can reproduce inequalities from within. Furthermore, I argue that these inequalities are made visible through the processes by which members of social groups engage in struggles to verify group membership.

Keywords:   Group Identity, Identity Verification, Intersectionality, Moral Identities, Multiple Identities, Queer Activism, Racial Identities, Self-Concept, Sexual Identities, Social Movements

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