Hated Identities: Queers and Canadian Anti-hate Legislation

Drawing on queer theory and post-structuralism, this article explores two 'gay bashings,' the murders of Alain Brousseau and Aaron Webster. In both cases, we argue that the application of anti-hate crime legislation reveals the troubling nature of attempts to legally fix sexual identities....

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Published in:Canadian journal of criminology and criminal justice
Main Author: Moore, Dawn (Author)
Other Authors: Rennie, Angus MacLean
Format: Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2006
In:Canadian journal of criminology and criminal justice
Year: 2006, Volume: 48, Issue: 5, Pages: 823-836
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Summary:Drawing on queer theory and post-structuralism, this article explores two 'gay bashings,' the murders of Alain Brousseau and Aaron Webster. In both cases, we argue that the application of anti-hate crime legislation reveals the troubling nature of attempts to legally fix sexual identities. The law imagines gayness to be innate and obvious. These cases show that sexual identity is fluid and contingent. Our study also shows that, through the application of hate-crime law, sexual identification is not necessarily self-determined. Politicized communities, legal actors, assailants, and media all participate in naming someone's 'gayness.' (English) [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
ISSN:1707-7753