Mobilisation Without Borders: American Influence on the Netherlands’ 1977 “Homodemonstratie”

The first large-scale march by gender and sexual minorities in the Netherlands took place in 1977 in response to events that were unfolding in Dade County, Florida. While it was not the first to take place in the Netherlands (in January of 1969,  protests in the Hague sought the repeal of the Dutch ‘Article 248bis’ … More Mobilisation Without Borders: American Influence on the Netherlands’ 1977 “Homodemonstratie”

Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

The cast of the Village People’s multicultural makeup is a testament to formidable powers of marketing and music business prowess. It is also an instructive note in Atlantic history for the pedantic and those unable to enjoy disco music without dissecting its socio-economic, political, and historical implications. The original cast of The Village People brought together … More Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain

Notions of liberty and ‘liberation’ are topical once again in the wake of tragic events in Paris. At the core of the debate is the particular notion of  liberty of expression and the difficulties of defining and protecting ‘liberty’. As in the past, ‘liberation’ is currently being brought into tension with fundamentalist religion. And it is in … More On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain