Identity in political context: lesbian/gay representation in the public sphere.

@article{Smith1999IdentityIP,
  title={Identity in political context: lesbian/gay representation in the public sphere.},
  author={Ralph R Smith and R R Windes},
  journal={Journal of homosexuality},
  year={1999},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={25-45}
}
Discourses constructed to represent lesbians and gay men in the public sphere generate an essentialist identity which is both necessary and damaging. Legislative debate illustrates the production of a constrictive and homogeneous identity rejected by many gay/lesbian scholars and activists. Discussion of the rhetorical power of identity claims has produced… CONTINUE READING