IMPORTANT ISSUE: QUEERNESS AND THE RIGHT TO AUTONOMY AND SELF-DETERMINATION

Each of us has a right to bodily autonomy and have the power to make our own choices about our bodies, gender expression, and sexuality, and to have those choices supported by everyone around us, and by our societies at large. Yet, millions of queer people are denied their right to say yes to the choice of a partner in marriage. Many are denied this right because of race, gender, and sexual orientation, as if their bodies do not belong to them. Depriving queer people of bodily autonomy causes and reinforces inequalities and violence, all of which arise from gender…

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