Gay Priori4.27.18 —Many legal issues that greatly impact the lives of the LGBT community’s most marginalized members — especially those who are transgender, homeless, underage or non-white — often go unnoticed, argues Professor Libby Adler in her new book, Gay Priori: A Queer Critical Legal Studies Approach to Law Reform (Duke University Press). Adler is calling for the LGBT community, which she says currently focuses on a narrow array of reform objectives — namely, same-sex marriage, antidiscrimination protections and hate crimes statutes — to change directions, with a focus on better meeting the needs of all LGBT people.

“This current approach is too narrow,” says Adler, a member of the Northeastern University School of Law faculty who has written extensively on sexuality, gender, family and children. “The emphasis on equal rights flattens LGBT identities, perpetuates the uneven distribution of resources such as safety, housing, health and wealth, and limits the capacity for advocates to imagine change.”

To combat these effects, Adler says resources must be used to advocate for changes to low-profile legal conditions in such areas as foster care, contract law, shelter regulation and police discretion. A shift in perspective, Adler contends, will serve to open up a new world of reform possibilities.

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