Solidarities and Tensions: Feminism and Transnational LGBTQ Politics in Poland

  • Citation: Binnie, Jon, and Christian Klesse. "Solidarities and tensions: Feminism and transnational LGBTQ politics in Poland." European Journal of Women's Studies 19.4 (2012): 444-459.
    • Topics:
    • IR Theories
    • Keywords:
    • Western Europe
    • bisexual
    • European Union
    • feminism
    • gay
    • lesbian
    • Poland
    • solidarity
    • transgender and queer politics
    • transnational activism

This article explores the significance of feminism in transnational activism around LGBTQ protest events, namely equality marches and associated festivals in Kraków, Poznań and Warsaw in Poland. The arguments advanced in this article are based on a multi-method qualitative research project focusing on transnational cooperation in the planning and realization of LGBTQ protest events in Poland, conducted in the years 2008–2009. The authors highlight the decisively coalitional nature of the activist networks around LGBTQ politics in some of the locations studied. They argue that feminists are core actors in these ‘networked solidarities’ around the oppression and marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender people both in local and transnational contexts. Solidarity is a concept used by many research participants to account for their political actions and to rationalize intra- and intergroup dynamics shaped by complex webs of differences. The authors draw on postcolonial feminist discussions on the limits and potentialities of politics of solidarity as a ‘politics of location’ to account for tensions which some activists reported regarding their experience of ‘coalition work’. Some of these tensions related to gender politics and gender relations, always articulated in the conjunction of wider webs of power relations.

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