June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month, yet the distance between queer liberation and gay pride has become quite wide. That, at least, is the argument made by queer critic and writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. She posits that LGBT politics have been dominated by an elite gay establishment pushing a conservative agenda, by advocating for lesbians and gays in the military, gay marriage, and draconian hate crimes legislation. She discusses the rifts within the gay community that even the left media tends to ignore.
Is divorce a danger to marriage, or one of its key benefits? How is divorce framed differently in the legal and cultural arenas? And when are legal decisions favorable to a social movement actually counterproductive? Ellen Ann Andersen investigates the constraints under which movement activists, including proponents of marriage equality, operate.