Heteronormative legacies, queer turns
By Amy Lind
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people who are "targeted" in development initiatives are viewed as worthy of rescue, leaving out any gender or sexual deviants who do not fit within this sexual modernization framing. Contributors address a wide range of topics, from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer (LGBTIQ) policy and planning, forms of LGBTIQ mobilization, the politics of humanitarian aid, and expressions and notions of queerness in transnational contexts. A queer(er) reading of, or turn in, development would entail a further questioning of the notions of queerness themselves, in their multiplicity, as understood and expressed in various linguistic and geopolitical contexts. A queer(er) reading would also entail a more critical reading of development itself and would further scrutinize how anti-capitalist projects often are also gender- and heteronormative, thus reinforcing homophobia and transphobia in more seemingly "progressive" contexts.