"In Gay priori, Libby Adler offers a comprehensive critique of mainstream LGBT legal agendas in the United States and a new direction for LGBT law reform. Adler shows how LGBT equal rights discourse drives legal advocates toward a narrow array of reform objectives: namely, same-sex marriage, antidiscrimination protections, and hate crimes statutes. This approach means that many legal issues that greatly impact the lives of the LGBT community's most marginalized members (especially those who are transgender, homeless, underage, or nonwhite) often go unnoticed. Such a narrow focus on equal rights also fixes and flattens LGBT identities, perpetuates the uneven distribution of resources such as safety, housing, health, and wealth, and limits the capacity for advocates to imagine change. To combat these effects, Adler calls for prioritizing the redistribution of resources in ways that focus on addressing low-profile legal conditions such as foster care and other issues that better meet the needs of LGBT people. Such a shift in perspective, Adler contends, will serve to open up a new world of reform possibilities that the law provides for"--Back cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-258) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction Part I. LGBT equal rights discourse. The indeterminacy trap The LGBT rights-bearing subject Reformist desire Part II. A step off the well-lit path. Bringing legal realism to political economy Making the distributive turn Conclusion.
KF4754.5 .A35 2018
Available in Other Form
Online version: Adler, Libby S. Gay priori. Durham : Duke University Press, 2018
Durham [North Carolina] ; London : Duke University Press, 2018.