Queery-ing policy studies: using insights from LGBT service users to advance our understanding

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In most minority-world countries enormous advances have been made over the past 20 years in achieving greater legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. In many areas of life LGBT people are now legally protected from discrimination. However, this seminar will argue that further progress needs to be made to achieve equality, particularly in public policy and policy implementation. Drawing on insights from queer theory and feminist theory that seek to deconstruct taken-for-granted heteronormativity in a patriarchal world, and drawing on research with LGBT people accessing housing and homeless services in Scotland, it will make three contributions. Firstly, it will argue that the pervasiveness of heteronormativity impacts on service delivery and interactions with LGBT service users to their detriment; secondly, now that most legal impediments for LGBT people have been removed attention must be focused on public policy and service delivery to achieve equality; and finally that policy studies needs to be queer-ied itself.

The colloquium will be followed by 'Barnett House Thursday' - coffee and conversation in the Common Room.

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