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Justice After Stonewall
LGBT Life Between Challenge and Change

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ISBN 9781032260525
January 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Justice After Stonewall is an interdisciplinary analysis of challenges and progress experienced by the LGBT community since the Stonewall riots in 1969. The riots (sparked by a police raid in New York City) are a milestone in LGBT history. Within a short time, a new feeling of confidence emerged, manifested in new LGBT organisations and the first Pride marches. Legal and social change followed: from the decriminalisation of homosexual activities to anti-discrimination laws and the legalisation of same-sex marriage. This makes it tempting to think of modern LGBT history as an unequivocal success story. But progress was not achieved everywhere: in seventy States, same-sex relations are still criminalised; violence against LGBT persons still occurs, and transgender people still struggle to have their rights recognised.

The question whether the path since Stonewall represents success or failure cannot be answered by one discipline alone. This book breaks new ground by bringing together experts from politics, sociology, law, education, language, medicine and religion to discuss fields as diverse as same-sex marriage, transgender students, the LGBT movement in Uganda and LGBT migrants in the Arab peninsula, conversion 'therapy' and approaches to LGBT matters in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. What emerges is a rich tapestry of LGBT life today and its consideration from numerous perspectives.

Based on thorough research, this book is an ideal text for students and scholars exploring LGBT matters. At the same time, its engaging style makes it a particularly valuable resource for anyone with an interest in LGBT matters and their reception in today's world.

Table of Contents


Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon


1. From Stonewall to the World: The Difficult Path to Recognition

Paul Behrens and Sean Becker

Part 1 – Justice After Stonewall? Aspects of Political and Social Acceptance 

2. Challenges Past and Present: Political and Social Perspectives

Sean Becker and Paul Behrens 

3. The Development of the LGBT+ Community in the UK in the Last Fifty Years

Sir Stephen Wall 

4. LGBT+ Youth Homelessness as a Consequence of Progress

Carin Tunåker 

5. The LGBTI Movement Organising in a Time of Peril: A Case Study of Uganda

Clare Byarugaba 

6. 'That's Really Why I Got Married I Guess': Heteronormativity and Openness about Same-Sex Coupledom

Dora Jandrić

Part 2 – LGBT Rights Facing New Challenges 

7. A Landscape of Change: Legal Perspectives

Paul Behrens and Sean Becker 

8. The Evolution of LGBT Rights In the UK: Is the Tide Starting to Turn?

Carolynn Gray 

9. In the Name of the People? Plebiscites, Referendums and Same-Sex Marriage

Paul Behrens 

10. The Intrinsic Value of Registered Partnerships and Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, their Recognition Domestically and at the Strasbourg Court

Helen Fenwick and Andrew Hayward 

11. Changing Perceptions of Homosexuality as Revealed by the Law of Defamation in Scotland

Kenneth Norrie 

12. 'Lewd, Disgusting and Offensive': A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Law Lords' Ideologies towards Homosexuality between 1967 and 2004

Sean Becker

Part 3 – The Continued Struggle for Equality: LGBT Students, Identity and Language 

13. Living Identity: Perspectives from the Fields of Education and Language

Sean Becker and Paul Behrens 

14. Embedding LGBT Equality in the Curriculum and the Classroom

Eleanor Capaldi and Amanda Sykes 

15. Investigating the Experiences of Transgender Students in Higher Education in the UK – Pilot Study

Lynne Regan 

16. Queerly Fluent / Fluently Queer: On (Re)Creating Shared Identities in Second and Third Languages Among Migrant LGBTQ Populations in the Arabian Peninsula

Gaar Adams 

Part 4 – Between Disenfranchisement and Inclusion: The LGBT Community and the Medical Sector 

17. Changing Science and the Science of Change: Medical Perspectives

Paul Behrens and Sean Becker 

18. Disenfranchisement in British Healthcare: Being a Lesbian Non-Biological Mother

Lucille Kelsall-Knight and Ceri Sudron 

19. False Therapy, Real Harm: Aspects of Conversion Practices and their Evaluation

Paul Behrens

Part 5 – Faith and Justice: Religion and the LGBT Community 

20. Between Understanding and Inclusion: Religious Perspectives

Paul Behrens and Sean Becker 

21. Jewish Approaches to LGBT+ in Texts, Culture and Ritual

Mark L Solomon and Hannah Holtschneider 

22. Tradition and Transition: Methodological Approaches to LGBT Issues in Roman Catholic Theology after Pope Francis

Nicolete Burbach 

23. Is there a Space to Fight Back? Exclusionary Queer and Islamic Spaces and Resistance from Queer Muslims

Drew Dalton

Concluding Thoughts 

24. Stonewall at Fifty: Between Hope and Challenge

Sean Becker and Paul Behrens

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Dr Paul Behrens is Reader (Associate Professor) in Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School, UK. He is Member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Scottish Parliament on Ending Conversion Practices and has published several books on international law.

Sean Becker previously taught as a docent at the University of Amsterdam’s PPLE College. He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at Columbia Law School, New York, and the University of Amsterdam.