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Queering Law and Order Virtual Book Launch

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Virtual book launch of Queering Law and Order, featuring Dr. Kevin Nadal in conversation with transgender rights activist Cecilia Gentili.

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Professor of Psychology, queer activist and author Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal publishes his latest book “Queering Law and Order”, a non-fiction book that examines how the criminal justice system affects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and offers recommendations for queering and disrupting the justice system.

As one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions on the mental and physical health of people of color; LGBTQ people; and other marginalized groups, Dr. Nadal pens this book from an intersectional lens and offers it as an academic resource and call to action for those who advocate for LGBTQ rights.

Join Dr. Nadal for a conversation with Cecilia Gentili, Founder of Transgender Equity Consulting and transgender rights activist, as they explore the topics in the book. Q& A to follow.

About Queering Law and Order:

Throughout US history, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people have been pathologized, victimized, and criminalized. Reports of lynching, burning, or murdering of LGBTQ people have been documented for centuries. Prior to the 1970s, LGBTQ people were deemed as having psychological disorders and subsequently subject to electroshock therapy and other ineffective and cruel treatments. LGBTQ people have historically been arrested or imprisoned for crimes like sodomy, cross-dressing, and gathering in public spaces. And while there have been many strides to advocate for LGBTQ rights in contemporary times, there are still many ways that the criminal justice system works against LGBTQ and their lives, liberties, and freedoms.

Queering Law and Order: LGBTQ Communities and the Criminal Justice System examines the state of LGBTQ people within the criminal justice system. Intertwining legal cases, academic research, and popular media, Nadal reviews a wide range of issues—ranging from historical heterosexist and transphobic legislation to police brutality to the prison industrial complex to family law. Grounded in Queer Theory and intersectional lenses, each chapter provides recommendations for queering and disrupting the justice system. This book serves as both an academic resource and a call to action for readers who are interested in advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Queering Law and Order is now available for purchase.

Who should read this book?

This book is intended for a few audiences. First, it can serve as a resource text for individuals of all sectors - including academics, clinicians, attorneys, law enforcement officers, government personnel, and students.

Practitioners in the helping professions (such as psychologists, physicians, counselors, and social workers) may use the book to gain an understanding of the current issues facing their LGBTQ clients.

Leaders of government institutions, non-profit organizations, prisons, schools, and hospitals may use some of the information presented to improve their policies and procedures for working with and serving their LGBTQ constituents.

Finally, general readers who are committed to social justice and who want to learn more about improving the human condition may gain knowledge about people whom they may have limited knowledge about, due to the lack of integration of LGBTQ issues into our educational systems or mainstream media.

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