Mervat Hatem has urged me to write this article for over ten years, while Neville Hoad has urged me to write it for seven. I thank them both for continuing to push me and hope that they are not disappointed with the outcome. An earlier version of this essay was presented at the Sawyer Seminar conference Hatred: Confronting the Other, held at the University of Chicago on 12 February 2000. I thank Elizabeth A. Povinelli for inviting me to participate. Public Culture 14(2): 361â385 Copyright Â© 2002 by Duke University Press Public Culture ences.â1 As for IGLHRC, which was founded in 1991, its mission is to âprotect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.â2 It is these missionary tasks, the discourse that produces them, and the organizations that represent them that constitute what I call the Gay International. Like the major U.S.-based human rights groups (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International) and many white Western feminist organizations, the Gay International has reserved a special place for the Muslim world in both its discourse and its advocacy. This orientalist impulse, borrowed
Public Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2002
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