Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of the queer experience–as criminal defendants, prisoners, and survivors of violent crimes. The authors unpack queer criminal archetypes– like “gleeful gay killers,” “lethal lesbians,” and “disease spreaders”– to illustrate the punishment of queer expression, regardless of whether a crime was ever committed. And tracing stories from the judicial bench to the streets and behind prison bars, the authors prove that the policing of sex and gender both bolsters and reinforces racial and gender inequalities.
“The U.S. justice system is severely flawed–and its treatment of queer people is representative of its brokenness, argue the authors of the most recent entry in the Queer Action/Queer Ideas series. In a call to action to readers to aid in dismantling the violence endemic to policing and punishment systems, the authors present a history of the criminalization of homosexuality and gender nonconformity … the creation of queer criminal archetypes (e.g., Leopold and Loeb), representation of queer individuals as criminals in media … the treatment of queers in criminal courts, prisons as queer spaces, the inadequacy of legal prosecution of violence against LGBT people, and the groups currently working to address all of these issues… The authors’ knowledge of their subject is encyclopedic and their mission and advocacy admirable… ” —Publisher’s Weekly (Feb 2011)