Nancy J. Knauer
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
November 25, 2013
2 Laws, Special Issue: Legally Constructed Gendered Identities 362 (2013)
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-39
This paper engages the unspoken fourth dimension of intersectionality — time. Using the construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities as an example, it establishes that identity, as it is lived and experienced, is not only multivalent, but also historically contingent. It then raises a number of points regarding the temporal locality of identity — the influence of time on issues of identity and understanding, its implications for legal interventions, social movement building, and paradigms of progressive change. As the title suggests, the paper asks us to consider the frame of identity over time.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: LGBT, intersectionality, gay, lesbian, identity, temporal locality, social movements, time, historical contingency, Stonewall, marriage equality, Gay Liberation, identity politics
Date posted: September 25, 2013 ; Last revised: November 25, 2013
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