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Laws 2013, 2(3), 362-375; doi:10.3390/laws2030362
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Klein Hall, 1719 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Received: 15 August 2013 / Revised: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Legally Constructed Gendered Identities)
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AbstractThis 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.
Keywords: LGBT; identity; intersectionality; historical contingency; homosexuality; gay; lesbian; transgender; gender variance; identity
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