Show simple item record Lenon, Suzanne 2018-07-05T18:06:34Z 2018-07-05T18:06:34Z 2013
dc.identifier.citation Lenon, S. (2013). White as milk: Proposition 8 and the cultural politics of gay rights. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 36(1), 44-54. en_US
dc.description Open access. Article licensed under a CC-BY-NO-ND 3.0 Unported LIcense en_US
dc.description.abstract As part of the U.S. federal elections in November 2008, voters in California narrowly passed Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex marriage rights in that state. Against this political-legal backdrop, the movie Milk, based on the life of gay activist Harvey Milk, was released to audiences across North America. Proposition 8 and its aftermath infused social and cultural meaning into the critical acclaim Milk publicly received, and the movie itself became a way to both galvanize and anchor support for gay (marriage) rights. I contend that there is a particular racialization of queer sexuality and proximity to whiteness that links this moment of law and culture together. The paper examines the “knitted-togetherness” of the film’s racially normative representations and the racializing of homophobia that occurred on both sides of the Proposition 8 debate, one that continues the protracted fractioning of race as separate from sexuality within mainstream lesbian/gay politics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Mount Saint Vincent University. Institute for the Study of Women en_US
dc.subject Proposition 8 en_US
dc.subject Gay rights en_US
dc.subject Gay marriage en_US
dc.subject Milk en_US
dc.subject Queerness en_US
dc.subject Whiteness en_US
dc.subject Harvey Milk
dc.subject.lcsh Milk, Harvey--Drama
dc.subject.lcsh Same-sex marriage--California
dc.title White as milk: Proposition 8 and the cultural politics of gay rights en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Women and Gender Studies en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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