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Outing

Cultural identities come from somewhere, have histories. But, like everything which is historical, they undergo constant transformation. Far from being eternally fixed in some essentialised past, they are subject to the continuous “play” of history, culture and power.

—Stuart Hall, 1990

THE '90s HAVE ALREADY SEEN a remarkable upsurge in gay political and cultural activism all around the world, from New York to London, from Sydney to Vancouver. Powerful activist organizations such as Queer Nation in the U.S. and OutRage in Britain have emerged in response to a shared sense of cumulative anger concerning escalating levels of antigay discrimination, prejudice, and actual violence. Furthermore, the entire diaspora of lesbians and gay men is in turmoil over the vexed question of “outing,” and over the validity or otherwise of the emergent category “

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