Are We Tying the Knot Too Tight?

May 1, 2007

You know how rare it is to see an event that caters to the exact thoughts and questions on your mind relating to a very specific issue? Well here’s one really exciting event coming up at the Center here in NYC next week. From the Queers for Economic Justice list and website:

Off Center Presents:


Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 7:30PM

New York, New York—March 22, 2007—On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 7:30pm, Off Center will present “Are We Tying the Knot Too Tight?: Gains and Losses in the Rush to Normalcy.” This moderated panel will address some of the issues the LGBT community faces when dealing with whether and how to support the movement for same-sex marriage.

If same-sex marriage becomes a reality, members of the LGBT community who choose to marry would be one huge step closer to full-fledged equality and protection under the law, attaining the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.

It has often been assumed that members of the LGBT community support the granting of marriage rights and responsibilities to those who would like to marry, but it is usually not discussed in terms of what, if anything, we would lose if same-sex marriage were to be legalized throughout the U.S.

What if the focus on marriage has functioned to obscure other aspects of our sex/love relationships that are not acknowledged or legitimized, and which legal same-sex marriage would push further into the closet and marginalize more over time?

The present focus on weddings, nuclear families, and having or adopting children leaves a lot of us out. Some of us do not want these normative arrangements, or we do not have partners who we wish to marry, or we do not want to raise children. We have more information about what will be gained with the granting of legal sanction to our relationships, but what if this rush to normalcy is contributing to a loss of the radical vision that critiqued the heterosexual norm and which once was so essential to the LGBT liberation movement.

Join us for a spirited discussion of these issues with panelists
o Joseph DeFilippis, Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice,
o Lisa Duggan, NYU Prof. of Social and Cultural Analysis
o Kenyon Farrow, writer and activist,
o Susan Sommer of Lambda Legal.

The panel will be moderated by Carol Buell, an attorney who has dealt with LGBT issues for many years.

“Are We Tying the Knot Too Tight?: Gains and Losses in the Rush to Normalcy” will take place at the LGBT Community Center located at 208 West 13th Street in New York at 7:30pm on May 9, 2007. The suggested donation at the door is $10, ($7 for Center members). All are invited to attend.


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