chapter  1
Changing families and communities
An LGBT contribution to an alternative development path 1
By Peter Drucker
Pages 12

Until now, most discussions on the place of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in global civil society have focused on their access to citizenship, rather than their socio-economic rights and role in development processes. This article argues that an alternative vision of development should challenge heteronormative family structures; build alternative, queer communities; wage activist, sexually emancipatory campaigns on concrete social issues (as the Treatment Action Campaign has done on HIV and AIDS in South Africa); and rethink existing models of democratic participation. The author emphasizes the paradoxes of LGBT organization in the context of neoliberalism and globalization, with an eye toward queering, or challenging heteronormativity in, global social-justice movements.