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Brokering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Chilean Lawyers and Public Interest Litigation Strategies

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Article of journalMiles, Penny. (University of Bristol, Reino Unido). Brokering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Chilean Lawyers and Public Interest Litigation Strategies.  / Corretaje, Orientación Sexual e Identidad de Género: Abogados chilenos y Estrategias de litigio de interés público Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2015 vol. 34 no. 4 p. 435-450. Keywords:
Chile
Sociology, Social issues
Heteronormatividad / Abogados de derechos humanos / Interaccionismo / Derechos LGBT / Litigio de interés público / Estigma
21st century

Abstract:

Rights gains for members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) populations in Chile have been highly contentious since democratisation, indicative of the stigmatisation directed towards non-normative gender and sexual identities. This article addresses the role of activist lawyers pursuing LGBTI rights cases through the courts, and draws on McAdam and colleagues' (2001) concept of a ‘broker’ to examine the lawyers' roles in linking previously unconnected sites within the judiciary and further afield. The analysis draws these processes together through interactionist perspectives of meaning-making and how they relate to stigma, deviancy and identity.

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