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Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the UkConstructing a Queer Haven$
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Thibaut Raboin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099632

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099632.001.0001

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Imagining a queer haven

Imagining a queer haven

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Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the Uk

Thibaut Raboin

Manchester University Press

Looking at how the UK is imagined as a queer haven, this chapter contends that homonationalist discourses need victims to actualise their narrative opposing barbarism abroad to modernity at home. It also means that LGBT asylum becomes an important strategic space for social actors to invest in, as it allows for the deployment of axiological discourses using sexual modernity as a criterion: political credit can be won by claiming to save those queers that are persecuted in their home countries. Finally and most importantly, considering that homonationalist discourse works on the assumption that queerness and race are fragmented, where one is the enemy of the other, and where queer migrants and queers of colour are either exceptions or victims, the chapter concludes by looking at how homonationalism has become a regime of justification for public action, and is used strategically by advocacy groups to call the state to account.

Keywords:   Homonationalism, Intersectionality, Imperialism

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