By Daniel K Cortese
This ebook highlights the strategic deployment of a instantly id by means of an LGBT association. Cortese explores the ways that activists strategically use a "straight" id as a social circulate software so one can effectively in attaining the flow ambitions.
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Supporters, the term McCarthy and Zald used, provide money, facilities, and even labor, but do not share in the commitment to the values that underlie specific movements (McCarthy and Zald 1977). indd 17 1/9/2006 3:29:21 PM 18 Are We Thinking Straight? and Zald 1977; Morris 1984). It is assumed that this conceptualization of allies can be applied to either national social movement organizations or grassroots levels. But, in the case of SAGA, supporters and sympathizers become members of the movement organization who share in the mission of SAGA on both the national and grassroots level.
Your interview gave me a chance to reflect on my own journey with SAGA and where the organization as a whole is going. . Many of my board members have approached me in the time after the interview to both thank me for the opportunity but also have continued the conversations you started with them. indd 35 1/9/2006 3:29:28 PM 36 Are We Thinking Straight? the University of Texas at Austin, which was approved in October of 2002. According to the guidelines specified under the IRB approval, I contacted the executive director of SAGA, specifying in a brief email the goals of my research project, and ask permission to visit local chapters of SAGA, as well as SAGA National, in order to interview activists for this project.
She finds that lesbians and gays in the United States have, in their challenge to the heteronormative social structure, strategically deployed a lesbian-and-gay identity to either accentuate their difference from or similarities to straight people. At times when lesbian and gay activists were working towards winning anti-discrimination policies, faced organized opposition, and led by organizations uninterested in building coalitions, the activists would deploy an “identity for critique,” meaning they confronted the “values, categories, and practices of the dominant culture” (Bernstein 1997: 537).