Language and sexuality research has recently seen a heated debated whether the linguistic constitution of sexuality should still be focused on matters of identity or rather on that of desire. I want to argue that this is a non-productive dichotomy. We need to stop the counter-effective debate, and see desire as one aspect of the articulation of sexual identity and at the same time to re-imagine identity as a non-stigmatizing, inclusionary act of naming. In my presentation I will analyze the case of the initiative of the Hungarian Lesbian NGO, Labrisz, who has successfully organized discussions of dissident sexual orientation in secondary schools.
Erzsébet Barát is an associate professor of gender studies and social linguistics at University of Szeged, Hungary.
She is Editor-in-Chief of the Hungarian e-journal TNTeF: Interdisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies.
Recent publication: “Queering the intersection of legislative, religious, and higher educational exclusion: Revisiting the first case of collective LGBT litigation in Hungary”, in K. M. Wiedlack & S. Mesquita (eds.): Transport of Queer Theory. Vienna: Zaglossus, forthcoming in 2012.