A Queer History Of The United States Essay

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In the epilogue of Michael Bronksi’s A Queer History of the United States (2011), Bonski asserts that the recent battle for marriage equality may in fact undermine the LGBT movement’s original intention to “fight to eliminate or limit the state’s involvement in consensual relationships” by insisting that it forces queer people take on the classic American lie: we are “just like you” (pp. 240, 241). Implicit in this claim is the belief that most queer people are not interested in establishing families in long-term, monogamous relationships. Claiming a similar desire to heterosexuals for family and marriage is only a lie if most queer people are not interested in such a lifestyle. Because the LGBT rights movement choose to focus on marriage equality, we actually do know that there is a large contingent of the LGBT population that is interested in traditional, monogamous relationships. With the monogamous inclinations of at least a large portion of the queer community established, the question then turns to why Bronski would challenge same-sex marriage and equality under the law as a threat to “individual freedom and autonomy” (p. 239). Along a similar line of questioning, why do LGBT scholars such as William Eskridge report a factual high level of sexual partners among gay men before the AIDS crisis (p. 239)? And why did queer character in popular culture such as Molly Bolt insist that “non-monogamy makes life much more interesting” (Brown, 1973, p. 148)? In fact, Molly Bolt…

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