Because We Are Human; Contesting US Support for Gender and Sexuality Human Rights Abroad.

Author:Asher, Katie
Position::Brief article - Book review
 
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Cynthia Burack; BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN; SUNY Press (Nonfiction: Political Science) ISBN: 9781438470139

Byline: Katie Asher

Cynthia Burack's Because We Are Human is an intelligent look at how national governments address the preservation of LGBTQ rights, especially as influenced by the United States.

Thorough and thought-provoking, this academic book discusses different cultures and religions around the world and their views on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues, focusing on how the United States has chosen to support LGBTQ communities abroad. The government does so in part through meetings and events, and it also helps with the development of laws to protect SOGI communities. Burack examines how that support has impacted international relations.

Burack uncovers evidence that government support of LGBTQ communities is not entirely selfless. It's about gaining votes, achieving leverage over certain countries, and the appeasement of important advocates and groups. Progress is both a matter of actually benefiting LGBTQ communities and of bolstering political interests, the author shows.

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