Identity in political context: lesbian/gay representation in the public sphere
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 alternative stances toward variant sexuality. This discussion can be advanced by challenging dominant constructions of civil rights and the public sphere.
Smith, Ralph R., and Russel R. Windes. "Identity in political context: Lesbian/gay representation in the public sphere." Journal of homosexuality 37, no. 2 (1999): 25-45.
Journal of Homosexuality