This reply responds to contributions by Camminga and Mills to the issue's sub-theme of ‘The Role of International and Domestic Law in Attaining Gender and Sexual Equality’.
This reply argues that the papers show how increased visibility exposes queer people to a greater risk of discrimination, which law-makers must navigate when crafting policy. The reply also notes that a neo-colonial power dynamic exists between Global North and South policies which influences the creation of symbolic queer-specific human rights policy. This dynamic prompts the spread of Western language and conceptualizations of gender and sexual identity. Clark develops examples from Mills’ and Camminga's articles to present a possible alternative way to create policy to protect LGBT human rights and rethink identity informed by experiences of discrimination.
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