IN YOUR FACE, IN MY FACE, IN EVERYONE'S MOTHERFUCKING GAY-ASS FACE

Lez all read Bostock v. Clayton County!!

Just to be clear: this is not a “love is love” case or a “privacy of your own home” case. It’s not Lawrence v. Texas redux. This case is about being QUEER AS FUCK IN THE WORKPLACE. This is about outness, unapologetic, confrontational and PUBLIC queerness and transness. Especially transness, which has never been subsumed by privacy and has always entailed questions of publicness, reference, and legibility.

This decision is therefore both a threat (possibly a mortal one) to the regime of privacy that has governed the legal administration of sexuality for decades AND a recognition of queerness as protectable on the *grounds* of its legibility. One can imagine a Foucaultian critique of Gorsuch’s decision as an exhortation to disclosure - indeed, it seems likely that this judgment will empower bosses to extract such confessions from workers. The answer there, of course, is to abolish capitalism, bosses, and the wage form, and meanwhile to celebrate some good news.


Also: to abolish the police, and not fool ourselves that law will be the sole instrument of our liberation!