Pride and prejudice : legalising compulsory heterosexuality in Boston and New York’s annual St Patrick Day parades

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dc.contributor.author Munt, Sally
dc.contributor.author O'Donnell, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-27T14:17:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-27T14:17:29Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 Sage Publications en
dc.date.issued 2007-02
dc.identifier.citation Space and Culture en
dc.identifier.issn 1206-3312
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2448
dc.description.abstract This article discusses the vicious territorial disputes surrounding the tradition of St Patrick’s Day Parades through the city streets of New York and Boston, USA. It documents the legal arguments mounted successfully to exclude Irish lesbian, gay and transgender participants from the march, exploring what ideologies of nation-space and public space underpin them. It argues that the progression through urban space of the marches enforces compulsory heterosexuality, through actual and semiotic exclusion. Irish-American nationalism can be read as illustrative of the heterosexualisation of nationalism. It was the unquestioned assumption that being homosexual is antithetical to being Irish that provided the fundamental premise from which it was logically and successfully argued in the US courts: that the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization is a violent, obscene enemy bent on the destruction of Irish ethnicity and Irish communities. By contrast, the article holds up the Parades in Cork and Dublin as designated inclusive and multicultural events, the nation-space of the Irish Republic ‘economically liberated’ and wishing to communicate modernity to its citizens. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject St. Patrick's Day en
dc.subject Heterosexuality en
dc.subject New York en
dc.subject Boston en
dc.subject Irish LGBT en
dc.subject Nation space en
dc.subject Irish American Nationalism en
dc.subject Street marches en
dc.subject St. Patrick's Day parades en
dc.subject Pride marches en
dc.subject.lcsh Saint Patrick's Day--United States en
dc.subject.lcsh Parades--New York (State)--New York en
dc.subject.lcsh Homosexuality--Law and legislation en
dc.subject.lcsh Gays--Legal status, laws, etc en
dc.subject.lcsh Irish Americans--Ethnic identity en
dc.title Pride and prejudice : legalising compulsory heterosexuality in Boston and New York’s annual St Patrick Day parades en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://sac.sagepub.com/content/10/1/94 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 10 en
dc.identifier.issue 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 91 en
dc.identifier.endpage 114 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1206331206296379
dc.neeo.contributor Munt|Sally|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor O'Donnell|Katherine|aut| en
dc.description.admin Publisher version - http://sac.sagepub.com/content/10/1/94.abstract. DG 23/07/10 ti,ke.kpw26/8/10 en


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