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Individual Freedom as Misappropriation: Race, Sexuality and the Use of Civil Rights History

Adam Shapiro T.J. Tallie’s post on this blog last week does an excellent job describing the problems with historical appropriation – especially of the ongoing struggles for African-American civil rights in the United States.  He rightly points out that the phrase “Gay Jim Crow” implies an equivalence between America’s long […]

The Gay Jim Crow – The legal history behind "religious freedom" to discriminate

Adam Shapiro Several US states, most notably Arizona have considered legislation to ensure the “religious freedom” of individuals and businesses who wish to exclude customers on the basis of their sexual orientation.  These bills don’t really signal a new change in the cultural or legal understanding of sexuality and sexual orientation in […]