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The Specter of a Lesbian Supreme Court Justice: Problems of Identity in Lesbian Legal Theorizing


Ruthann Robson


CUNY School of Law

March 30, 1992

St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 5, p. 433, 1992

Abstract:     
With the renewed interest in a lesbian (or gay) United States Supreme Court Justice, this article – originally published in 1993 – looks at sexual identity and identity politics. It begins thusly: “To start with, we need a lesbian on the Supreme Court.”

It was the summer of 1992, the last summer of the Reagan-Bush regime, although the demise of that era was far from certain. I was being interviewed by a gay and lesbian magazine for a feature article about the Supreme Court. I was staying in Provincetown, a place renowned for its lesbian/gay culture, surrounded by lesbians of every ilk. My opinion was solicited as a constitutional scholar and expert on lesbian legal issues and theories. While lesbians appear in periodicals, on the streets, and in legal theories, not one lesbian has appeared as a United States Supreme Court Justice, ever. So, when the interviewer asked me a general question about changing the United States Supreme Court, I replied that we should start with the appointment of a lesbian.

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Keywords: lesbian, gay, sexuality, identity, supreme court, judges

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Robson, Ruthann, The Specter of a Lesbian Supreme Court Justice: Problems of Identity in Lesbian Legal Theorizing (March 30, 1992). St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 5, p. 433, 1992. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1581838

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Long Island City, NY 11101
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