"Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations" edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq and Markus Thiel

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.2 (Summer 2016)

June 10, 2016

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Review by Ryan Thoreson

As states mobilize popular sentiment, diplomatic pressure, and foreign aid over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons, it is no longer tenable to argue that LGBTQ issues are inconsequential in global affairs. The introduction of anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Nigeria; propaganda laws emerging in Russia and Eastern Europe; and the deeper engagement of the United Nations and other global bodies with LGBTQ rights have each had ripple effects, with states increasingly taking vocal stances in favor of or against LGBTQ people and their rights and incorporating these stances into their national self-definition and foreign policy.

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