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Working Skin: Joseph Hankins Writes about Leather, Japan's Buraku People, and Global Circuits of Identity Formation

One evening, over a decade ago, I sat next to Joseph Hankins at a Chinese restaurant in Uptown, where a large group of us had decamped after a&nbsp

My Review of "The Battle over Marriage" Is Just Out in the Chicago Reader

My review of The Battle Over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism Through the Media, by Leigh Moscowitz is just out in the Chicago Reader.  You can read it here.  



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Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States [February 2, 2011]

Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock, $27.95; Beacon Press; 216 pages

Uncovering Kenji Yoshino’s Covering [1 April, 2006]

Kenji Yoshino’s book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights (Random House, 2006), makes a bold claim for a paradigm shift in our understanding of the entanglements between identity, marginality and society.  Yoshino is currently a law professor at Yale Law School and this book expands the arguments he’s previously made in various law review journals and magazines.  The title is inspired by Erving Goffman’s pivotal 1963 book Stigma: Notes

Jean Thompson’s Throw Like a Girl [26 December, 2007]

By Jean Thompson; Simon and Schuster, 304 pages, 2007

Bob Smith’s Selfish & Perverse [27 February, 2008]

By Bob Smith; Da Capo; 376 pages; 2007

Isle of Manji: Interview with Irshad Manji [28 March, 2007]

Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim lesbian whose book, The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith was published in 2003 and re-published with the title The Trouble with Islam Today in 2005.  She was in Chicago on Feb. 13 for two events: a meet-and-greet and interview at Roosevelt University, and an evening lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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