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Born This Way: Science, Citizenship, and Inequality in the American LGBTQ+ Movement

Monday, February 19, 2024 12:00to13:30
Peel 3487 IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W7, CA
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Across protests and courtrooms, LGBTQ+ advocates often argue that sexual and gender identities are innate. Oppositely, conservatives incite panic over “groomers” and a contagious “gender ideology” that corrupts susceptible youth. Yet, as this debate rages on, the history of what first compelled the hunt for homosexuality’s biological origin story may hold answers for the queer rights movement’s future.


Born This Way tells this story, bridging past fights against pathological accounts of queer desire and searches for a “gay gene” with ongoing scientific and political conversations about what it means to be a man or a woman, gay or straight, cis or trans. The book reveals how scientific and medical professionals came to bolster the fight for civil rights, how conservatives have fought back against equality and science alike, and what pitfalls biological narratives of identity present queer advocates today.

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