About Canada – Queer Rights
Is Canada a ”queer utopia”? Canada was the fourth country in the world — and the first in the Western Hemisphere — to legalize same-sex marriage. Queer people in Canada enjoy many of the same legal rights as heterosexuals, and social acceptance of homosexuality has grown exponentially. But are these the goals that queer activists hoped to achieve? Is this legal regulation and normalization of homosexuality what the lesbian and gay liberation movement of the early 1970s fought for? Using the origins of this movement as a starting point, About Canada: Queer Rights examines the history of the struggle for queer rights in Canada to create a better understanding of the present. What Peter Knegt finds is that Canada’s queer people are as diverse and multicultural as Canada itself — they are not easily generalized and have most certainly not achieved equality.
What Does Our Progress Mean? • Regional Organizing • Legal Reform • Institutional Homophobia • Children, Youth and Education • Health • Difference and Privilege • Conclusion • Bibliography • List of Supplementary Materials
About the Author
Peter Knegt holds an MA in media studies from Concordia University. He has written for the Undergraduate Journal of Sexual Diversity Studies, Xtra!, Exclaim, InToronto, Variety and Playback. He is the associate editor of indieWIRE and holds a position on the advisory board of the University of Toronto’s Center For Sexual Diversity Studies.
Available from Fernwood Publishing