Around the world, LGBTQ+ activists have won an unprecedented series of political victories, from marriage equality to increased representation in government. But this success has sparked a backlash. While there has been much scrutiny of the role of the Christian right in opposing LGBTQ+ equality in the US, the backlash goes far beyond these traditional elements, and also extends beyond the US to countries including the UK, Ireland and Canada. In this book, Nash and Brown consider the rise of the new 'heteroactivism', showing how social media and new sources of funding have reinvigorated the opponents of LGBTQ+ rights. They also show how the rhetoric and tactics of this new generation of heteroactivists differs from that of their predecessors, exploiting notions of 'parental rights' and freedom of speech to assert heteronormative values in spaces ranging from schools to workplaces. They also reveal the increasingly transnational nature of anti- LGBTQ+ activism, with growing links between heteroactivists in the US, UK and beyond.
AUTHOR: Catherine Jean Nash is Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University, Canada. Her research interests include geographies of sexuality/queer/feminist and trans geographies, mobilities and digital sexualities. She is currently working with Kath Browne (and Andrew Gorman-Murray) tracing transnational oppositions to LGBTQ rights in Canada, the UK and Ireland, and with Andrew Gorman-Murray on new mobilities and digital life and the transformations in LGBT and queer neighbourhoods in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada. Her previous books include Queer Methods and Methodologies (with Kath Browne, 2016), The Geographies of Digital Sexualities (with Andrew Gorman-Murray, 2019), and the Canadian edition of Human Geography: People, Place and Culture (with Erin Fouberg et al, 2015). Kath Browne is a Professor of Geography University College, Dublin. Her research interests lie in sexualities, genders and spatialities. She has worked on LGBT equalities, lesbian geographies, gender transgressions and women's spaces. She has authored over 100 publications including journal articles and co-wrote (with Leela Bakshi) Ordinary in Brighton: LGBT, activisms and the City (2013), and Queer Spiritual Spaces(2010), and co-edited The Routledge Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities (2016) and Lesbian Geographies (2015).