Sexual Profiling & BlaQueer Furtivity: BlaQueers On The Run

40 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2021

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T. Anansi Wilson

Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Department of African & African Diaspora Studies; UC Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: June 1, 2021


“Sexual Profiling” explores the concept of BlaQueer Furtivity and argues that the scrutinization and profiling of BlaQueer people is the result of both intramural and state violence that collude, collide and compound with each other. Sexual profiling explores how BlaQueer people are rendered particularly furtive and in and outside of laws that are not merely “double violences” but instead unique, narrow affronts to BlaQueer being, freedom and self-actualization. Sexual Profiling: BlaQueers On The Run is primarily concerned with how intramural and state violence collude and collide to render BlaQueer people particularly furtive and uniquely scrutinized in and outside of Black spaces by the dynamic powers of state policing, deputizing whiteness and Black folks reenacting state and private violence. It does so by examining personal experiences, the movie "Moonlight," the phenomena of "walking while trans" laws and the life of William Dorssey Swan, for former slave and America's first drag queen, to mark the surveillence, racial-sexual terror and intramural and state sanctioned violence against BlaQueer people from slavery to the present.

Keywords: criminal law, lgbt, transgender, civil rights, constitutional law, racial justice, anti discrimination, privacy, law, queer theory, black studies, african american, gender, sexuality, class, racism, white supremacy, legal theory, political theory, legal philosophy, critical race theory

Suggested Citation

Wilson, T. Anansi, Sexual Profiling & BlaQueer Furtivity: BlaQueers On The Run (June 1, 2021). Available at SSRN:

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