This article details intersectional social movement storytelling produced by a racially mixed group of gay men in the 1980s to articulate, and insist upon, antiracist gay liberation. Based on a larger project of narrative ethnography of the organization Black and White Men Together (BWMT), I describe how BWMT drew upon the movement story of an ideal community from the civil rights movement (Beloved Community) and re-storied it to confront a narrow gay movement and reassert an anti-racist gay liberation critique. I trace how they did so via storytelling strategies using (1) “salience work” and (2) what I call “both/and work”— interpretive processes operating to shift the symbolic code of integration and the emotional code of love to be relevant in the complex political context of the 1980s. I conclude by reiterating how these strategies are bound to their times and assert the potential of social movement storytelling for intersectional scholarship.
RE-STORYING BELOVED COMMUNITY: INTERSECTIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENT STORYTELLING OF ANTIRACIST GAY LIBERATION*
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K. L. Broad; RE-STORYING BELOVED COMMUNITY: INTERSECTIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENT STORYTELLING OF ANTIRACIST GAY LIBERATION. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 December 2020; 25 (4): 513–532. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-25-4-513
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