Death and Discourse: The History of Arguing Against the Homosexual Panic Defense

@article{Helmers2017DeathAD,
  title={Death and Discourse: The History of Arguing Against the Homosexual Panic Defense},
  author={Matthew Helmers},
  journal={Law, Culture and the Humanities},
  year={2017},
  volume={13},
  pages={285 - 301}
}
  • Matthew Helmers
  • Published 24 May 2017
  • Law, Psychology
  • Law, Culture and the Humanities
Beginning in the 1960s, American males began to plead the “Homosexual Panic Defense” (HPD) when charged with the murder of a homosexual male. Over the next 50 years, legal and literary academics decried the use of the HPD affirming that it relied on prejudicial stereotypes of “bad” homosexuals as sexual predators. This article revisits these critical debates and shows how these legal critics attempt to gentrify the “homosexual” into a good subject in order to justify his right-to-life. I argue…