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Mea CulpaLessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899623

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.001.0001

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Sexuality and Dehumanization

Sexuality and Dehumanization

Homophobia in U.S. Law and Life

(p.93) 6 Sexuality and Dehumanization
Mea Culpa

Steven W. Bender

NYU Press

Chapter 6 addresses our ongoing dehumanization of the sexual identity and personhood of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population, focusing on marriage inequality as well as the criminalizing of their sexuality, while acknowledging the dawning of progress in legal recognition of the equal rights of sexual minorities. Oppressive policies against gay and lesbian residents are ostensibly justified by concerns for public safety as well as unfounded fears for the welfare of children in same-sex families and even for the reproductive survival of the nation. Despite encouraging signs of humane treatment, it is evident we are far from the legal and social equality that would accompany a humanized vision of this group.

Keywords:   sexuality, same-sex families, LGBT

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