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New Faculty Publications Examine Different Perspectives

The latest book by Wake Forest School of Law Professor, Shannon Gilreath has just been published. The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation is a critique of the modern gay rights movement. In the book, Gilreath analyzes the goals of the movement and the arguments for gay liberation. According to Gilreath, those arguments typically measure the progress of gay rights in terms of assimilation, but he questions those assumptions and puts forth a “call for gay authenticity” in a rethinking of the meaning of liberation and equality for the gay community.

Drawing on varied subject areas including free speech, equality theory and feminism, Gilreath, who is Professor for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law, uses an interdisciplinary approach in his analysis and in his approach to law. According to Gilreath, gays have traditionally been outsiders to the law. “If you want law to change you have to look at it from an interdisciplinary perspective” says Gilreath.

The content of the book is timely with the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. Gilreath says that many point these out as major advances in the gay rights movement. He says, “I’m just asking, are these really steps forward?”

Another Wake Forest University School of Law Professor, Kami Chavis Simmons, has an article in this month’s issue of Trial Briefs. The article “Legitimacy and Law-Enforcement in Minority Communities: A New Dialogue” discusses the historical and current dynamics underlying the strained relations between racial minorities and police. She examines the primary explanations for that distrust as well as remedies for addressing police misconduct.

Both Gilreath’s book and Simmons’ article will soon be displayed with the new faculty publications outside of the Professional Center Library. Gilreath’s book will be available for check out soon and the October issue of Trial Briefs with Simmons’ article is currently available in our periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.

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