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Are We Thinking Straight?: The Politics of Straightness in a by Daniel K Cortese

By Daniel K Cortese

This booklet highlights the strategic deployment of a directly identification by way of an LGBT association. Cortese explores the ways that activists strategically use a "straight" id as a social move device so one can effectively in achieving the move targets.

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In other words, all allies are straight (or else they would be LGBT); however, not all straight people are allies. By using the term “ally,” activists understand that one is not referring to someone in the coalition of queer identities, but rather a straight supporter of LGBT people and/or their struggle for many of their equal rights. ” A review of my interview schedules (Appendices C and D) reveals that I asked activists what they thought were the strengths and weaknesses that straight people bring to SAGA.

Included in the executive director’s requirement was for me to mask the names of the cities in which chapters exist, in order to ensure confidentiality. Furthermore, I could only meet with SAGA National staff members on their personal time. After garnering written permission from the national leadership of SAGA, I contacted ten local chapters in four broad regions based on SAGA’s local level organizational design, where each region had a “Chapter Director” to assist local chapters with their concerns.

Indd 26 1/9/2006 3:29:23 PM Theory and Research Methods 27 legitimacy and, eventually, broaden the social networks from which the organization gains resources. The understanding is that celebrities, of which SAGA activists will most likely have little direct contact with, are expected to speak for activists, while the straight allies with whom LGBT activists have day-to-day contact within the organization must not replicate heterosexual privilege and instead, speak with LGBT people in a collective voice.

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