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Cynthia Weber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795857.001.0001

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The ‘Normal Homosexual’ in International Relations

The ‘Normal Homosexual’ in International Relations

The ‘Gay Rights Holder’ and the ‘Gay Patriot’

(p.104) 5 The ‘Normal Homosexual’ in International Relations
Queer International Relations

Cynthia Weber

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 traces how Western discourses of statecraft as mancraft address the question: Who is the ‘normal homosexual’ in international relations? It analyzes how the United States under the Obama administration figures the ‘LGBT’ as the ‘gay rights holder’ and the ‘gay patriot’, particularly through Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s ‘Gay rights are human rights’ speech. Clinton’s speech maps the world into normal states versus pathological states according to the question: How well do you treat your homosexuals? What makes this ‘normal homosexual’ and the ‘normal’ and ‘pathological’ states possible is the way homonormativity has become nationalized and internationalized. The figure of the ‘perverse homosexual’ is a figure whose unruliness and irrationality threatens national patriotisms and national and international neoliberalisms. Thus, the ‘underdeveloped’, the ‘undevelopable’, the ‘unwanted im/migrant’ and the ‘terrorist’ continue to be excluded while the ‘gay rights holder’ and the ‘gay patriot’ are celebrated, included, and protected.

Keywords:   gay rights holder, gay patriot, normal homosexual, LGBT, Hilary Clinton, Obama administration, human rights, homonormativity, normal states, pathological states

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