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Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Queer Ideas/Queer Action) by [Mogul, Joey L., Ritchie, Andrea J., Whitlock, Kay]
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Queer (In)Justice ought to be force-fed to the staffs and boards of directors of every national and state gay organization in the hope that it might open their eyes to a reality they too often deliberately ignore… Needless to say, dear reader, you too should make sure Queer (In)Justice has a place on your bookshelf. It’s that important.”—Gay City News

Queer (In)Justice is the book we have been waiting for. By examining the policing of gender, it forces us to reexamine our complicity in the police state when we are fighting for hate crime legislation but should be arguing for decriminalization. It calls us to develop a more radical analysis that understands that ending state violence must be central to a transformative queer politics.”—Andrea Smith, cofounder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

“If you think the struggle for LGBT equality is only about marriage and the military, Queer (In)Justice will be a revelation. In lucid prose, it tells stories of criminalization, victimization, and discrimination, while illuminating strategies for progressive change. A must-read for anyone who cares about justice.”—Ruthann Robson, author of Lesbian (Out)Law and Sappho Goes to Law School, professor of law, City University of New York School of Law
 
“A cogent and urgent call to move beyond single issue politics and to take a stand against the often brutal punishment of ‘criminalized queers.’ The authors lay out a framework for a multi-issue social justice agenda that links LGBT activists to feminists, prison abolitionists, and immigrant rights and homeless advocates. This powerful critique should profoundly transform the ways we seek to end violence and fight for our freedom.”—Julia Sudbury, editor of Global Lock...

About the Author

Joey L. Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office in Chicago and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University’s College of Law. Andrea J. Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. Kay Whitlock is a Montana-based organizer and writer whose work focuses on dismantling structural injustice in law enforcement and other public institutions.


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  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (February 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43FG6
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Format: Hardcover
This non-fiction book deals with core issues in the discourse of gender policing and the criminalization of LGBTQ human beings. While the geographic scope of the essays in Queer (In)justice is limited to the United States, the implications of each well-articulated piece transcend America's borders and provoke an essential questioning of how queer people across the globe have been perceived, taken for granted, and abused as criminals. Of equal value, Queer (In)justice destabilizes the idea of what some see as the most logical liberating path, i.e. same-sex marriage rights, and is one of the rare works that elicits a re-mapping of the route towards equality for all.

Describing real-life experiences and case studies, the authors - Chicago-based civil rights attorney Joey L. Mogul, New York-based police misconduct attorney Andrea J. Ritchie, and activist Katherine Whitlock - provide a harmonious balance of data, research, and uncovered facts about the American legal system, reminding me a bit, in tone at least, of Randy Shilts's 1987 pioneering magnum opus, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, which chronicles the discovery and spread of HIV/AIDS as well as the indifference of government and political infighting, also in the United States.

But more so than Mr. Shilts's historical exposé, Queer (In)justice possesses a constant bass line of activist soundings, which for me, as a person who believes the world can change, is exciting. As the writers state:

"The challenge is not only to tackle the punishment of sexual and gender deviance through the criminal legal system, but also to call into question and challenge the multiple and interlocking systems of inequality that remain, even as formal forms of discrimination begin to fall.
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Excellent book. I am so glad I purchased it. Anyone interested in law in respect to human rights and equality should pick up this book. Well written and timely, it is a really great history lesson through case study. Eye opening and at times jarring, the authors educate the reader on the history of both queer justice and injustice within the court system. Highly recommend.
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Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock with Queer (In)Justice stand in solidarity, in the struggle against transphobia and homophobia in the criminal legal system.

In Queer (In)Justice the three authors bring the reader through the past and present of abuses faced by the queer community in the name of the criminal justice system. The 2003 Police raid of a Detroit club patronized by primarily African American LGBT people is highlighted in the book along with police misconduct from the Stonewall riots in New York City, to the 2003 rape of a trans-woman by two LAPD officers.

The queer community's injustice does not end with the blatant abuse by officers of the law, the book highlights the prevalence of anti-queer rhetoric in open court, and the statistical over-representation of LGBT people in prisons. Before Lawrence v. Texas struck down sodomy laws nationwide in 2003, courts unabashedly referred to suspected queers as "perverted persons," or guilty of "crimes against nature." In 1968, the authors point out, a trans-woman was convicted of vagrancy while wearing a disguise calculated to conceal "his" identity: she had been waiting in a subway station in a white evening gown and makeup--her clever disguise. But even after Lawrence, in 2009, the abuses and homophobic remarks did not end. Queer (In)Justice tells the story behind a prison population and death row chalk full of LGBT people whose convictions are overly severe at best, and frequently dubious.

Each author draws on a wealth of experience in legal activism, resulting in a nationwide survey of this pervasive problem. Kay Whitlock brings her experience as a Montana-based activist in LGBT rights specifically, as well as economic and environmental issues.
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Must have book if you are interested in the intersections of prison/criminal legal system and LGBTQ people. Also great for people who don't care so much about that. Great look at the way ideas about queer people have grounded modern notions of criminality.
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When working in Oklahoma where we are told that we are not really after equal rights, but special rights, because we are so uppity and self serving, the stats presented in this book is quite helpful in combating such ingrained homophobia, transphobia and racism. There really are ways the intersection of poverty and multiple minority disenfranchisements (such as being black and transgendered at the same time) indicates very high risks of negative, hurtful, and unfair consequences within the systems we rely on, even if the actual crime committed is exactly the same as what others do all the time and not even get slapped on the wrist.
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A slightly dry but very interesting account of how the United States has criminalized, stereotyped, and punished gender nonconformists and LGBT people from colonial times to the present day. The writing is clear and straightforward, and the notes and citations are almost as long as the book itself. This book serves as an eye opening read and as an excellent resource.
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