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Dean Spade

Why are LGBT Equality Organizations Joining Forces with Israel Advocacy Groups?

[Caption: Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Seattle activists at City Hall May 15, 2015.]

The widespread celebration of the recent US Supreme Court decision on gay marriage provides a great opportunity to think about how governments and their institutions get politically rebranded.  These days, same-sex marriage is firmly considered a liberal or progressive issue.  Images of gay couples getting married stir sentiments about liberation, freedom and equality. Marriage, sexual freedom and equality are now wound together in the cultural imagination. ...

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Dean Spade is a professor at the Seattle University School of Law and author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. He is also a member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Seattle.