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    Contested feelings: Mapping emotional journeys of LGBTI rights and reforms

    Raj, Senthorun ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6972-9252 (2020) Contested feelings: Mapping emotional journeys of LGBTI rights and reforms. Alternative Law Journal, 45 (2). pp. 125-130. ISSN 1037-969X

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    Abstract

    This reflection explores how emotion shapes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights and law reforms. Drawing on case studies from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the author maps how disgust regulates sexuality, hate manifests in hate crime penalties, anger arises in anti-discrimination measures, fear polices refugee law, anxiety shapes trans children’s access to medical transition, pity and compassion inhibit intersex autonomy, and love enables marriage equality. Legal scholars, activists, lawyers, and judges need to take emotion seriously to better address the pressing challenges facing LGBTI people.

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