No Safe Haven: Sexuality as a Universal Human Right and Lesbian and Gay Activism in International Politics

Millennium - Journal of International Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 563-588, 1994

27 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011 Last revised: 2 May 2015

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Nicole LaViolette

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

Sandra Whitworth

York University, Department of Political Science

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

This article briefly outlines the extent of human rights abuses suffered by gay men and lesbians around the world and the ways in which they have been invisible within traditional human rights instruments. It also documents the rise of a global lesbian and gay politics organised around a human rights discourse. The limitations of relying oh human rights instruments are examined, but it is argued the gay and lesbian activists are aware of thees limitation, and are charting a path through these difficulties in a manner which sees human rights as one part of a process in which gay and lesbian communities are constructed, nationally and internationally.

Suggested Citation

LaViolette, Nicole and Whitworth, Sandra, No Safe Haven: Sexuality as a Universal Human Right and Lesbian and Gay Activism in International Politics (1994). Millennium - Journal of International Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 563-588, 1994, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803863

Nicole LaViolette (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Sandra Whitworth

York University, Department of Political Science ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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