Joseph Russo

The study of global sexualities is an ever-evolving discipline. One of the key issues in the field is that ideas around sexuality and gender change through time, and vary by place. This necessitates an adaptable and dynamic element to global sexualities studies which takes the manifold effects of colonialism, globalization, development, urbanization, and oppression into account. Additionally, Western LGBTQ+ identity models are exported internationally along with the rise of globalization.  On one hand, LGBTQ+ activism and people are often therefore associated with economic growth, development, and the rise of progressivism. Scholarship and activism of recent years has pushed back against this notion, arguing that LGBTQ+ identity and politics offer an opportunity to introduce radical politics and decolonial methods back into the geopolitical conversation.